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1470s Florentine Cioppa by ColonelLiamRoss 1470s Florentine Cioppa by ColonelLiamRoss
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] (He's the super-ugly guy with the black hair - yeah, I know. Big surprise)

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.
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this. And not only because it includes Lorenzo de Medici either! The lines are great and it's a really convincing version to my eyes. About the chaperon - sometimes I see people do that with a liripipe hood. Have you tried that?

And 50/50 viscose wool sound like the fabric of my dreams. Wool very often only comes in too thick qualities (at least if you want it at all affordable).
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hoooly, this is belated but thanks a bunch! Yeah, I think that's the basic idea with the chaperon to begin with. Stuffed rolls came into use at one point but that just didn't work here.

The 50/50 is definitely dream-like and unfortunately our local fabric shop has stopped carrying it. It was an absolute delight to work with.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cloudpow Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
:worship: Lorenzo de Medici is awesome. I know it's supposed to be "was" because he's dead, but his legacy is still alive (at least to me it is). :D
Rollwurst Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, great work! Such a wonderful costume for a Halloween party? You must have really cool Halloween parties! XD
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok, this is really, really late but thanks SO much! I've seen your work around before and your Renaissance clothing is absolutely stunning! Huge fan here for sure.

Yeah, the party was great! We need to have them more often!
Rollwurst Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! Oh, no problem (sometimes I need so much time to answer, too :-) ). And thank you for your commendation. But you have sooo many great costumes (and everyone is abselutly great!!). I love exspecially the pictures with the (your?) horses. The backgrounds you choose are perfect for your costumes.
Here are no such parties. Only normal medieval markets at differnent castles.
(Oh, and sorry for my's not the best ><°;)
InKibus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
I still can't believed you hand sewed this thang!
It looks fantastic!
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Yeah, I really think I'm going to hand-sew a lot more know just because there is SO much more control than machine sewing. It'll probably force me to take my time too which is always a good thing.
Stagsleap Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! It looks so comfy too!
ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Yeah, it is. Though my hat is WAYYYY too tight.
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