Blue Dress of Maria di Cosimo
September 17, 2003
Well, not so much research for now! Eventually, I'll need to look
at other pictures, but the blue dress pics are sufficient for now.
Pictures were taken from Deredere's costuming site http://www.deredere.dds.nl/Bluedress/Bluedress.html,
and those were in turn taken from La Couturière Parisienne
(You can click on some of the pictures for a bigger version).
Here is the full picture again. The outfit is the regular
Doublet worn open at the neck with partlet, double shoulder
rolls with puffs, no waist treatment. All in blue silk, and
seems pretty shiny too.
Striped sleeves, that look like gold trim on a sheer fabric,
worn over white sleeves. Wrist ruffles. Striped forepart,
that looks like trim applied to a white forepart.
Jewelry: the ubiquitous teardrop pearl earrings and short
pearl necklace. Matching girdle belt and necklace. Ring (could
be a wedding ring) on left hand.
In fact, the only unclear thing is what she's wearing on
her head! Also, in her left hand, my first guess was that
she was holding a pair of gloves, but there are two different
colors, so I'm confused.
Some interesting things on that picture. First thing, I still
can't make out a headdress. This is going to require some
outside help, I'm afraid.
The very interesting detail is the ornaments on the neckline
of the partlet. The partlet itself looks very sheer, but the
collar looks much thicker. It probably needs to be, too, to
hold all that embroidery. What I see are gold work all around
the edges, pearls on the edge of the ruffle, pearls, gold
thread and green embroidery on the ruffle and on the collar.
Also, I there is something in the center front of the opening.
I wonder if it could be the neckline of an underchemise there.
We also get a good look at the necklace. It alternates pearls
and gold settings, holding alternating red and green (or is
it black?) jewels.
If you look at the bigger version of the picture, you can
see that the fabric pulled through the shoulder rolls is striped
white and gold, and very light and sheer.
This gives us a better look at the trim. See the Supplies
page for a look at what I found.
On the skirt and bodice is a gold on black trim. On the forepart,
it seems to be gold on white trim, on a white background.
The white fabric even looks slightly wrinkled (like the blue
is), as if the trim was much more stiff than the fabric and
caused it to wrinkle around.
||There's not much to say about this
picture, except that we get a closer look at the girdle belt.
This one is interesting. We see that it's a sheer oversleeve
over a white undersleeve. It might also be the smock sleeve
There is also this seam or joint in front. I don't know if
they're pearls or gold loops along the seam. We also see some
motifs on the gold parts, but what they are, I have no idea.
||A look at the forepart. It could
be white and gold trim on a sheer fabric, such as for the sleeves,
but I think it's just trimmed regular silk. Besides, that second
option is much easier.