Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Eleonora di Toledo Embroidery

For years I have been fascinated by Renaissance paintings and the depiction of clothing by artists. Specifically, the paintings of Bronzino and the portraits of the Medici have really been inspiring. This led me to many searches and reviews of different sources of information and finally a new book which I adore. " Moda a Firenze 1540-1580: Lo stile di Eleonora di Toledo e la sua influenza" is that book. Written in side by side text of Italian and English, it is full of information and beautiful photographs that document the period mentioned in the title. Being the wife of Cosimo di Medici, Eleonora had an amazing impact on fashion in the city of Florence and the evidence is beautifully documented with portraits.

My first sight of a border used on a garment of Eleonora's was in a book by Janet Arnold. She studied and drew a pattern from remnants of a burial dress. From that documentation, I created a border I named "Eleonora" and have used that border for the leading edge of curtains as well as for pillows. Above and below this text you will see different uses of this border. For all those interested in Renaissance fashion, take a look at the book. It is costly but truly a rich resource that can bring a wealth of knowledge.

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