Isabel De Requesens

This costume is based off of a Renaissance painting which was created by Raphael and Gulio Romano in the early 1500s. I did my best to bring to life the design, but made a few changes along the way.

The project consists of three pieces, a dress, a hat, and a chemise. Aside from side seams and boning channels everything (including the beading and embroidery) were done by hand. The dress is made from flat backed bright red velvet, with a lightly boned bodice and lace up back. It has a cartridge pleated skirt and matching sleeves which are lined in gold fabric.

The chemise is made from seven yards of beige linen. It has a heavily beaded and embroidered collar with matching cuffs and very full sleeves.

I have five blog posts about the making process and two videos.

Part One: Drafting and Bodice Making

Part Two: Skirt and Sleeves

Part Three: Beading the Chemise

Part Four: Assembling the Chemise

Part Five: Making the Hat

Making the Dress (video)

Making the Chemise (video)




5 responses to “Isabel De Requesens

  1. Barbara Badgett

    August 27, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Awesome! The best I have seen1

  2. Karla Andrade

    May 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love 16th and 17th century fashion, so elegant and detailed :3 love your work! I would definitely buy it!

  3. Holly

    December 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm


  4. Lauren

    January 17, 2016 at 8:24 pm


  5. Bob

    September 7, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Love this.
    You should post the portrait, too!


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