Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto

Two words: side-laced (actually one word)!. This is my new thing, as front-laced gowns do not look that flattering on me. I’ve been looking for information on female dress in the late 15th-century in both Emilia-Romagna and the Veneto. Ferrara is one of my favorite cities, but nearby cities of Rimini, Mantova, and Venice would help me understand the fashion in this region during this time period.


Me in my side laced gamurra, gloves, hat laurel hood, and belt with tasseled pouch and Paternoster. How close have I gotten to the ideal outfit for 1490 Po River Valley?



This 1500 portrait of a lady by Bernardino Zaganelli she has matching sleeves just like mine, but a black trim. The lady is sporting a trinzale and coazzone on her head, though:

bernardino zaganelli 1500


Circa 1490 painting of Violante Bentivoglio in nearby Rimini. She wears a green side-laced gamurra with yellow sleeves and red laces. On her head is a trinzale coif with a coazzone braid case:


Violante Bentivoglio in Rimini (my favorite)



Another lady in red, this time it’s Ginevra Sforza painted by Lorenzo Costa circa 1500. Her gamurra has contrasting sleeves and a black trim:

Portrait-of-a-Lady Lorenzo Costa 1500 Bologna

Circa 1500 Floriano Ferramolo painting showing side-laced gowns with draping sleeves, which I could add to my gamurra:


floriano ferraola 1500


Circa 1475 painting of a betrothal in the Veneto show kammure with cioppa overdresses:




Circa 1480 gamurra with contrasting sleeves in this St Catherine of Bologna painting of a Bolognese couple living in Bruges:

Saint Catherine of Bologna with 3 donors - Master of the Baroncelli

Circa 1470 frescoes in Ferrara proper showcasing front-laced gamurre:


Allegorical Frescoes by Francesco del Cossa in Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara ITALY


“Agosto” è uno degli affreschi del Salone dei Mesi di Palazzo Schifanoia a Ferrara. È databile al 1468-1470 circa ed è attribuito a Cosmè Tura e al Maestro di Ercole. Durante la seconda metà del XV secolo la veste femminile aveva vita stretta che creava un’elegante gioco tra un corpetto stretto, che evidenzia le forme, […]

via La veste femminile nella seconda metà del XV secolo da “Agosto” — Vestioevo


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