Jenny La Fleur
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It's that time of year again - Renaissance Faire! (Local peeps - I'll be at the Maryland Ren Faire on Oct 16th if anyone wants to meet up!!)

After a few years of inertia and last year's pathetic succession of projects that got ditched at the last minute, a new Ren Faire outfit is loooong overdue. So I’ve been spending time surfing the internet, collecting images and refining ideas. Finally I found the right combination of a project that inspires me, a frock I actually want to wear and something that I have fabric and trims for in the stash (still feeling financial trauma from CosCol).

Amazing. I'm beginning to think costuming is actually a form of alchemy. Also I have a theory that fabrics have to marinate in the stash before you can make them up, sometimes they marinate for days sometimes years. Anyway...

So the plan! I started out with the assumption that I would revisit the Pink Venetian project. The pink rayon/wool was the fabric in the stash that excited me most after all. However as I researched and pondered possibilities I found that it wasn’t the Venetian frocks that inspired me the most. It was the Florentine and Pisa frocks of the same period. Not that I don't want to make a Venetian, 'cause I still like them, but I'm just not in the mood right now and I don't think I want a pink one now anyway.

I was super inspired by two of the rare extant garments from this period, Eleonora di Toledo's funeral gown (1562) and the "Red Dress of Pisa" (c1560). I love the simple but elegant shapes and style of decoration.

There are plenty of portraits and paintings showing this style of dress, which is great. There is a fair amount of variation in seam placement and decoration so I have lots of wiggle room to make it my own, which I always enjoy.

I was also inspired by Laurie Tavan's fabulous Red & Gold Trained gown. The minute I saw it I fell in love! *sigh* Another repro that I was inspired by was Isabella's pink Eleonora gown. The thing that really struck me about her frock was how lovely the combination of pink and gold is, particularly in this style - yummy! So my color scheme was definitely inspired by that.

My favorite links so far are:
Festive Attyre
Realm of Venus
Anéa Costumes
the Purple Files


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sarahbellem From: sarahbellem Date: September 2nd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Do you happen to know the artist of the big portrait above? I can't believe I've never come across it before!
isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: September 2nd, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC) (link)

Giovanni Battista Mornoi - the same guy that did "The Gentleman in Pink" portrait. :-)

operafantomet posted about it yesterday and said she got it from a lady on the Renaissance Festival boards. I think it's new to the Web Gallery of Art

Edited at 2010-09-02 04:19 pm (UTC)
operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: September 2nd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC) (link)
This looks awesome. Looking forward to follow this project.

The portrait is, as Isabella wrote, from WGA through Dona Catalina over at RenaissanceFestival. WGA names it as Morono, which was my main reason to blog about it. The portrait is very Lombardian/North Italy in style, but to my eye it's more Cremonese than Bergamesque. It's a bit atypical for Moroni. This is partly due to the dress style and partly due to the treatment of the face and details. But then again, Moroni might have depicted a lady which wasn't native of Bergamo.

Whatever the case, the portrait is striking, and though the bodice is a bit different, the sleeves really remind me of the crimson Pisa dress. In overall silhouette it also reminds me of these (utterly gorgeous) dresses:
operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: September 2nd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) (link)
I did of course mean Moroni and not Morono as I wrote in that second line...

And hey, thanks a lot for mentioning my site as one of your favourites! I deeply appreciate that.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 2nd, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC) (link)
You are most welcome! Your site has truly been invaluable and inspiring for this project - I'm sure it will continue to be as I work on it as well. Thanks so much for all the time and effort you put in to it!!

Oh and many thanks for reposting the painting Sarah asked about - I was so excited when I found it on your LJ!
isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: September 2nd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (link)
:-) Can't wait to see it! Of course, I'm sure it will be perfect for the Outer Banks in the spring as well....;-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 2nd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, you are right it will be perfect for the spring! I haden't ven gotten that far in my planning. Yay!

Will you be at the Faire on Oct 16th? I hope so!
laracorsets From: laracorsets Date: September 2nd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Awesome post, now I am all inspired to do 16th century... First I must finish my 1880 day gown, 1880 mourning gown, 1770s casual, .......
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 2nd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed it!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: September 2nd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Great post! You've got some really lovely inspirational images, it's going to be beautiful. As you know I've got an unfinished pink Venetian, maybe your project will be the kick in the pants I need to get mine finished!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 2nd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm excited. I'm planning on wearing it to either CosCon or CosCol as well so you know you want to finish up your pink Ventian so we can wear them together... *wink*
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: September 3rd, 2010 12:46 am (UTC) (link)
This is going to be a beautiful project! I cant wait to see more.
saharazara From: saharazara Date: September 15th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC) (link)
This is going to be lovely! I'm planning on being at MDRF on October 16th with some costumers from out of town. We should definitely meet up!
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