The woman of the renaissance


The woman of the renaissance is clothed with the Vertugadin under her dress made of heavy, precious fabric from Italy or Spain. It consists of cushion, boning hoops, iron wire and sometimes also of wood or osier stakes, is placed on the waist and gives volume to the skirt.


As alternative women also used a kind of fabric beading, which was fixed under the skirt in abreast of the waist. If the corsage isn't integrated in the dress, the Basquine is worn, a top made of linnen or cotton, which goes to the ruff and is fixed with a lace. This hardening is strengthened with a planchette of bones, wood or iron. The Basquine was applied over the linnen or cotton shirt, whose lower end is stuck in garment presumably introduced by Catherine de' Medici. It surrounds the woman's body from waist to the knees and is fixed by garters.


Starting in renaissance dessous have a closed form. The guess suggests itself that the pantoon was worn by reasons of shamefacedness or hygiene, but the ladies chose luxurious fabrics and exposed them to the glance while riding or stair-climbing. Therefore it has not only a protecting funktion, but also serves as eye-catcher to accentuate the thigh.






spanish renaissance

Lady Jane Grey (Queen of England during 9 days)