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Giornea

of the Italian Quattrocento
 
 

Period: around 1450

We designed this giornea (outer garment for men during the Italian Renaissance) made of heavy velvet and precious silk brocade for an English reenactment group.

Drawings from Marco Zoppo's sketchbook (1433-1478) served as a basis for this creation.

The front and the back of the giornea cascade down in tubular pleats, which are held together by a belt. A kind of cape covers the wide cut sleeves; the front and back necklines are trimmed with 'ermine'. Similarly the hem of the under giornea has been trimmed. The cape has been decorated silver metal appliqués and has been lined with heavy, typical ornamented silk brocade of the Italian Quattrocento. Typical of this kind of clothing is the V-neck cut at its back.



The giornea has been lined with hand-woven linen. As undergarment serves a parlet made of natural-colored linen, whose visible parts are coated with silk faille. The round, downward widening sleeves are laced on with cords and eyelets. The seemingly grotesque yet authentic and thus corresponding headgear was made of wool felt.


 

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