Damn. Should be reading right now.
But FIRST! I couldn't resist submitting a shot of my 1470s Florentine clothing just because I'm stupidly proud of it. It was taken in my dorm room and nowhere NEAR approximates a proper photoshoot, so you'll have to excuse the horrid 1960s carpet and fire-escape instructions.
So the History Department had a Halloween party - "Dress as Your Favourite Historical Figure" said the instructions - so I decided to go as Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492) for whom I have developed a rather extreme 'thing' since September. He is here, if you're interested to see the look I was going for:[link][link][link]
(He's the super-ugly guy with the black hair - yeah, I know. Big surprise)[link]
It's not one of the most... colourful outfits I've made but then the Florentine male elite were a rather un-ostentatious bunch, art and jousts aside. At least they tried to be.
It's made with the usual 50% wool/50% viscose blend that I use for pretty much everything these days and was sewn entirely by hand since the sewing machine is back in Calgary. It's quite a good method of doing things! Takes a while but you have far more control. The pattern was based on the standard 'gown' in The Medieval Tailor's Assistant
and I had to change up the sleeves a bit. The chaperon is actually rolled - I tried it with a padded roll first but it wasn't even close to how his is in Verrocchio's bust, so that was scrapped and I rolled it by hand. Only the sleeves are lined - I decided to forgo lining the entire thing in favour of doing my school-work. And I'm wearing my black doublet and hosen from Copernicus last Halloween.
Got some of that black, spray-on hair dye for the hair, of course, and for the six o' clock shadow a la Reed Cassidy of two years back. The black, however, managed to cover my entire face by the end of the night (when these pictures were taken), which is why I look a bit grubby. Mother was horrified. And truth be told, it was infinitely more trouble than it was worth. Definitely going to see about getting a wig, which should help the 'look' a bit more - my hair is too long as it is.