Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Chasuble of Thomas Becket, ca 1170, Notre Dame Cathedral
Alba, 1181-18th century, Kunsthistorisches Museum
What you’re seeing isn’t a completely medieval piece of clothing. Rather, much of the trimming dates to 1181, the square trimming around the neck dates to the 13th century, and the white silk dates to the 18th century. Traces of the original fabric still exist under the silk lining. Once again, we know the early history of this piece because of embroidery: an inscription in both Latin and Arabic which states that it was made in Palermo in 1181 for William II of Sicily.
Pontifical-style hose made for William II of Sicily, ca 1166-1189, Kunsthistorisches Museum
We know for sure who it was made for because the name is written in Arabic on the top bands. The ribbons were added in the 19th century.
Tunicella, before 1246, Kunsthistorisches Museum
This was made in Palermo (which means I could be related to whoever wore it, but probably not), but its date of creation is unknown. All we know is that it was mentioned in documents twice: once in 1350 where it was called “a blue gown”, and once in 1246 where it was called a “gown of samite”. Surprisingly, I can’t find any indication that it has ever been restored or added to.