This is a very full skirt. Venetians didn't appear from their silhouette to wear any hoops or bum rolls, so underskirts it was. The underskirt front should go under the point of the corset, so that it does not show through the open front, and smooth the front for that highly fashionable flat look. Thus the underskirt might also be smooth at the waist, so as to not create any extra bulk in that area.
Vecellio's Costume Plates Circa
Winter dress of Venetian women at home and outdoors
As cartridge pleating was
the most common method of gathering or pleating used for overskirts it is completely
acceptable that it would have been used for the underskirts also.
The silhouette of the Venetian is one of a full-hipped woman, not a smooth, scant hipped little thing of today. This is important to remember when considering the underskirt as this garment adds with extra fullness, this was the desired effect.
Attr Veronese: Portrait of a Family detail
Sarasota, Ringling Museum
Venetian noble woman
Habitus Variarum Orbis Gentium 1581 Los Angels County Museum of Art
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