Italian Renaissance Costume Links



  • Aibell’s Garb Page — Instructions, documentation, patterns & more. Specific regions & eras include: Roman, 5th-10th c. Irish; 10th-11th c. English; 15th c. Italian; and 12th c. bliaut. Also cloak patterns.
  • Anea Costumes — Anea’s page with her articles and costumes, mostly renaissance, but also other periods & theatrical costumes.
  • Briana’s Clothing Page — How to make an Italian chemise, draft a bodice pattern, make an Italian ribbon coif, and a Spanish farthingale.
  • Briana’s Italian Chemise pattern — Direct link to Briana’s 15th c. Italian chemise pattern
  • Bronzino Gown — by Danielle Nunn-Weinberg. I love this dress!! Information and construction details, also inspiration portraits.
  • Canton of Gleann nam Feòrag Dhuibhe Garb Workshops — Patterns & instructions to make Egyptian, Moghul, Italian Ren., tunics and cloaks.
  • Easy Italian Renaissance Gown — Instructions and patterns.
  • Florentine Persona — by Vangelista (was Aoda’s Follies). Has info on men’s and women’s clothing of 14th century Florence.
  • Genevieve d’Aquitaine Updated! — Elizabethan, Italian renn, middle eastern, Russian, etc
  • Grand Ladies — Lots of portraits of “grand” ladies from late 15th century through the Belle Epoque, approx. 1914.
  • Italian Renaissance Costuming — by Kiara. Man’s and woman’s clothing from 1488, based on paintings by Ghirlandio and Bottecelli. Includes pictures and construction info.
  • Italian Renaissance Gown Construction — by Leona d’Este and Enid d’Auliere. Patterns and construction info for gown, embellishments, and undergarments.
  • Katerina’s Stuff — Florentine gowns, man’s embroidered doublet, blackwork coif, and more. Also has a diary section on headwear.
  • King Studio — A group in Italy who recreated Renaissance garments from paintings, from having special cloth woven to the embroidery and jewelry. Not a lot of detailed pictures, but what you can see is really beautiful and interesting.
  • Liz Jones Costume Page — Research, pictures and patterns for a Balzo (hat), Farsetto (jacket) and a beginner’s guide to making shoes.
  • Lorenzo’s Progress — Ben Pung’s site with his diaries on Italian clothing he has made, especially from late 15th century Siena.
  • Medici Burial Clothes New! — Digital archive of the conservation of the Medici burial clothes.
  • Milanese Tailors Handbook, A — This site contains images from a book compiled in the 1570s by several tailors. It consists of sketches of men’s and women’s clothing of that period, along with drawings of the patterns.
  • My Own Grandpa — Ben Pung’s LiveJournal site, which is update more frequently than his website, Lorenzo’s Progress. His diaries on Italian clothing he has made, especially from late 15th century Siena.
  • Oonagh’s Own — From the website: “An overview of dress from the 16th century, with a strong focus on Venetian dress of noble women.” Mostly Venetian, but also a German gown and a few Elizabethan gowns. Oonagh makes really gorgeous things.
  • Period Clothing by Alyxx Updated! — by Alyxx. Diaries of Elizabethan, Venetian, Saxon, Augsburg, etc gowns she has made. Some beautiful stuff!
  • Philippa’s Wardrobe — Lots of lovely costumes from various regions and eras - flemish, italaian, english, roman, etc.
  • Realm of Venus Top Pick — by Bella Lucia de Verona. “Women’s clothing and accessories in 15th Century Venice.” Sections include: Venus’ Wardrobe, with articles and pictures breaking down Venetian clothing by era; Venus’ Seamstress, with pages about the construction; and Venus Adorned, about accessories.
  • Realm of Venus - Glossary of 16th Century Italian Words Relating to Costume — Includes a glossary of colors and a glossary of fabrics.
  • Realm of Venus - Italian Showcase — Periodically features Italian gowns by other costumers. Usually includes construction information.
  • Recreating Renaissance Florence — Pictures and documentation on 15th century Florentine clothing: gamurra, giornea and balzo.
  • Step Through Time, A — Late 16th Venetian Noblewomen’s dress.
  • Sugar & Gamurre Updated! — Site with loads of information about the 15th century Italian dress.
    The original site went away with the demise of its web host, Geocities. This seems to be an archived copy of the site.
  • The Italians: Three Centuries of Italian Art — From the National Gallery of Australia
  • Venetian Chopines — Information on chopines (high platfom shoes). Essays, pictures, bibliography, and more.

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