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...
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:
Realm of Venus
the Purple Files