Clothing: 16th century
. "Funeral dress of Eleonora of Toledo, 1562, Florence, Galleria del Costume. A complex restoration, performed over many years, has enabled the reconstruction of the shape of the petticoat in which Eleonora was buried. In view of the fragility and fragmentary nature of the pieces, it was not possible to reassemble the garment in a three dimensional form. The back sections of the skirt were cut longer to create the train. Triangular inserts at the sides were used to create the conical form ...
This beautiful doublet is one of only two, known surviving examples of its type from the 1620s. The other is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). The doublet is made of quality silk and is designed with pinking and decorative slits. This design was the height of fashio for a short period in 1620s -- Pinking (the intentional slashing of fabric) was a technique used to reveal colorful linings or underlying shirts & chemises.
These stays were worn by Plaszgräfin Dorothea Sabina von Neuberg, d. 1598. More details can be seen in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion. The originals are at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich. They may be a particularly German style, as they have no stiffening over the bust; German costume in this period seems to have more bust definition than the straighter lines of English and French fashions of this period.