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Doublet of the Italian Renaissance
 
 

Period: around 1400, Italy

This fencing jacket of the Italian Renaissance has been custom-made for a reenactment group from England. As a basis for our creations served Pandolfo Malatesta III's doublet (1370-1427), whose fragments are on exhibition in the museum Civico of Fano (Italy). It was discovered in 1995 during a grave find, but its extensive restoration lasted until 2009.

Based on the exhibited original cuttings and numerous paintings we reconstructed the complete design.


We were asked to use dark blue velvet for this robe. The top was overall enforced and padded, whereby the chest was shaped with cushioning. We strengthened the close-fitting peplum with sticks; the necessary tubes were hand-quilted. Of course, all button and eyelet holes were also stitched by hand. Our customer provided the matching and originally crafted buttons from England. The lacing on the back allows for more ease of movement, for example during horse riding.



The tight-fitting sleeves are also laced to leave the forearms more room as well. There are further cords and eyelets for lacing them on. The overall rigorous impression is emphasized by the added black ribbons and the high, button-through standing collar. A braided scarf with printed Renaissance-style ornament and a red headgear made of virgin wool complete the garment.



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