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Giornea

of the Italian Quattrocento

Period: around 1450

We designed this giornea (outer garment for men during the Italian Renaissance) made of heavy velvet and precious silk brocade for an English reenactment group. 
Drawings from Marco Zoppo's sketchbook (1433-1478) served as a basis for this creation.

The front and the back of the giornea cascade down in tubular pleats, which are held together by a belt. A kind of cape covers the wide cut sleeves; the front and back necklines are trimmed with 'ermine'. 
Similarly the hem of the under giornea has been trimmed. 

The seemingly grotesque yet authentic and thus corresponding headgear was made of wool felt. 

Price category: D