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In this brief “note”, we’re going to show you a male houppelande commissioned by a member of ours, based on a model attested by various iconographical sources dating back to the third quarter of Italian 15th century. We are referring, in particular, to a few drawings ascribed to Baccio Baldini (florentine artist, 1436-1487), currently conserved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

This kind of garment, carefully reproduced by Paola Fabbri’s Atelier (www.paolafabbri.it) basing on our specifications, is suitable for everyday use, both in civilian and military contexts.

Its particular tailoring pattern assures the best wearing ease in most duties, staying distant from certain mincing and opulent taste so often promoted by late 15th c. fashion: the large neckhole on the back, as well as the possibility of rolling up sleeves, not only highlights the doublet underneath (in this case an “arming” one, particularly rich in stitchings) but also offers the maximum comfort and flexibility during manual works or military drills.

Considering the attached iconography, one can infer that this houppelande must have had an inner fastening. As there’re no buttons, it’s more than likely that faulds were fastened by metal alloy hooks: for this reason we have decided to adopt such solution for our replica too.
Hooks have been custom-made and take inspiration from genuine artifacts coming from a private collection, digged out in on the border zone between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna.

Should you have any question about this garment, please leave a message here following or e-mail us at info@famaleonis.com : we’ll be glad to provide further information and details!

Italian language : http://famaleonis.blogspot.it/2012/11/baccio-baldini-replica-di-sopravveste.html


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