Loose Gown 

On my quest for outer garments to complement my wardrobe I have so many loose gowns in my head waiting to be brought into being.

From the following images it would appear that fur is popular for lining the loose gown.  The outers would appear to be of velvets and brocades.  Embellishments of gold and silver embroidery and couching, maybe even some lace.

Sleeves can be either long or short.  Fastening would appear to be buttons with loops.  The finished length is a little shorter than the gown so that it doesn't drag.


Venus With A Mirror 1555 Titian  Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA Tiziano venere Venere allo specchio tela, 115 x 84 cm Proveniente dalla collezione Franchetti Portrait of a young woman 1536 Titian  The Hermitage, St Petersberg Oil on canvas 96 x 75 cm
Venus at Her Toilette 1582 Veronese Joslyn art museum oil on canvas 65 x 49 inches Portrait of a woman 1570, Bresciano  Oil on canvas, 121 x 85 cm  Countess Livia da Porto Thiene 1551 Veronese Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum.jpg

The loose gown is also used as a dressing gown style of garment.  For those days when you can't face a corset, like during in pregnancy, or while nursing.

Now you might look at some of these images and think, 'what can you tell from a nude image'.  Well the fact is that the 'nudes' aren't.  They still have they loose gowns some what loosed but they are there.  The textiles can be identified, the trims, the linings, the fastenings etc.

Susanna in the Bath, Veronese Oil on canvas, 198 x 198 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris Summer, Francesco Bassano Hermitage 1559 1592 oil on canvas 97 x 127 detail  Carnevale, Leandro Bassano, oil on canvas 132 x 168 Salamon Gallery Milan Italy
LA LOGGIA Leandro Bassano Galleria d'Arte e Antiquariato Venetian prostitute in winter time 1589 Cesare Vecellio's Costume Plates I have no idea of any of the details on this one, but it appears to be the top part of a loose gown.

My favorites are, Portrait of a woman 1570, 2nd row 2nd in, and Countess Livia da Porto Thiene 1551, 2nd row 3rd in.  The elegant understated ness of each is just wonderful.  The first has a short sleeves that is a little different in style to most others.  While Countess Livia da Porto Thiene has luscious long sleeves and that fabuloso fur lining.

It is interesting to note looking at these images that the most common colour for a Venetian loose gown in red, followed then by green.  

Venetian Courtesan as She Appears at Home Album Amicorum of a German Soldier 1595 Los Angels County Museum of Art Emilia di Spilimbergo 1560 Follower of Titian, Washington, National Gallery of Art Portrait of a Woman 1565 Parrasio Micheli, Genoa, Palazzo Rosso
Ann Parolini Guicciardini 1598 

NEW colour image thanks to Ciorstan

Lavinia Vecellio 1570-85  Paolo Veronese,Madrid, Prado Museum

Lady with a Dog  Variously arributed, Domenico Riccio and Veronese 1567ish gia Bonn, Procinzial Museum

Duchess of Venice Album Amicorum of a German Soldier 1595 Los Angels County Museum of Art Neapolitan baroness showing back view of a loose gown 1589 Cesare Vecellio's Costume Plates

Patterns for  the Loose Gown

The Milanese Tailor's Handbook was in actuality written by at least three people through the course of the 1570s, and compiled and bound into book form in the 1580s. It now resides in the Querini-Stampalia Library in Venice.

Milinese Tailors Handbook Gentlewoman's Gown  Pattern for a Gentlewoman's Gown

Extant Loose Gowns



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