Idea Board for Italian Reta
The main portion of my Italian Gamurra in mauve that was inspired by one of the dresses in the show The Borgias is done. I still need to finish the tie on sleeves but I was able to wear the dress at Estrella War last month. The dress feels incomplete. I know that I was missing sleeves but there is more to it. I finally am producing garments I am not ashamed of and I feel I need to polish the look. With that in mind I have started looking at what to put on my head when wearing this dress. I think I am going to try my hand at making a Reta.
So far there are two styles I am seeing. The smaller wedge and then the large hanging look.
Birth of Mary by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis
Portrait of a Lady also by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis
I found a couple of great tutorials on this process at Dawn’s Dress Diary and one of finalists for IRCC5 Jeanne Clifton.
There finished products look like:
I am thinking of using the dark brown velvet ribbon the dress this will go with and bronze metallic thread. I think bronze will look better than gold with the mauve and browns of the dress. I might add brown/bronze pearls as well.