marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes, and Fine Clothing

Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes, and Fine Clothing by Carole Collier Frick

Like it says.  Though it's interesting, since you have to piece it together.  No complete garments survive.

Textiles were a major industry for Florence, but sumptatory laws meant that they deliberately curbed it.  One tried to show off by the expensiveness of the dye used and the finest of the cloth.

The importance of trousseaus -- and the counter-trousseau that the bridegroom gave, not to to embarrassed by all the wealth on the bride's side.  Convent who took in young girls and taught them to sew and embroider as well as read and write -- and let them go in processions on the feast day of the convent's saint, giving them a chance to marry.  (One convent donated the bride's white gown because her husband was poor.)

What professions worked at what.  How tailors' prices were set by law -- the only trade so treated.  The terms for dyes, not all of which have been identified as a color.

And more.

Can be a bit dry in places.
Tags: history reviews: 15th-18th centuries

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