The clothing in which Eleonora di Toledo was buried reveals much about her later years and her death.
Historical garments are often re-created as part of research into a specific time period or for participation in a period drama or historical reenactment. The author offers tips for considering the selection of materials for such a task.
Sheena Pennell explores the role portrait artists played in public relations during the years that the House of Medici reigned in Florence.
Clothing in the Eleonora di Toledo’s time was expensive. As a result, garments were worn for many years, then they were handed down, cut down, or repurposed.
What did it mean to be a member of a knitting guild during the 1500s? Who was responsible for crafting Eleonora di Toledo’s burial stockings?
Sometimes it takes determination and a whole lot of detective work before the first stitch is cast on.
Read about one author's mission to re-create and adapt several pieces of Eleonora di Toledo's wardrobe using a combination of modern technology and historical practices.