12071Re: Italian sumptuary laws, and question about odd lacing style
- Sep 4, 2001
> Ah yes, I see now. I wonder if they [buttons] were ornamental orwhat though...
> I mean, with the v-shaped back neckline, the garment DOES slipright on and off. They can't be ornamental in the sense of "not
having buttonholes", because at least one of those fellows in the
fresco is clearly wearing buttonholed buttons, but I wonder if they
were really actually used or needed.
If you're talking about "Allegory of April: Triumph of Venus (right
view)", the fellow in the front with the gold over-garment and all
the buttons, in my opinion, those are needed as that the garment is
fitted with what I suspect is a seam at the waistline and a circular
skirt attached. As for all the ones with the houppleande/pleated
tabard variants from the research I have seen, those pleats are sewn
to tapes to hold them in place (one at the bust line, one at the
waist line and possibly one at the hem line, check out Elizabeth
Bibari's book Dress in Painting(? or something like that), it has
some good pictures of that detail), and I suspect that buttons or
ties would be needed at the neckline.
> The sumptuary paper I saw was at this site:
> I found it just fascinating...Just be careful if you are using that for Florentine clothing. In
general, the Florentines were more soberly dressed than the Venetians
at the same time (and more than most other Italian from what I can
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