Italian style is noticeably different from northern European styles. It appears to be more relaxed. Balia de Medici wears a glamorous over-dress above a patterned under-dress, a sottana, that could be worn on its own according to a summary of Italian corsetry. Her dress has a bodice split down the center held together with thin cords over the sottana. Her sottana has a high trapezoidal neck opening that narrows at the bottom. The sottana provides the partlet and a small collar. A few cm of another and closer under-garment, probably her chemise (camica), show above that. Balia also wears a small de rigueur turban.
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Jan 16, 2013, 10:56 AM
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