Italy, Genoa, 16th century, lace, needlepoint and bobbin: linen, Average: 81.60 x 245.70 cm (32 1/8 x 96 11/16 inches). Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1171

Italy, Genoa, 16th century, lace, needlepoint and bobbin: linen, Average: 81.60 x 245.70 cm (32 1/8 x 96 11/16 inches). Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1171

Stockings, 1900-1910, French, silk. 31 inches long. Belonged to Rita de Acosta Lydig, a beauty and style icon of her time. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stockings, 1900-1910, French, silk. 31 inches long. Belonged to Rita de Acosta Lydig, a beauty and style icon of her time. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Textile with Brocade Date: 14th century Geography: Made in, Venice?, Italy Culture: Italian Medium: Silk, gold thread Dimensions: Overall: 6 5/16 × 4 1/8 in. (16.1 × 10.5 cm) Storage (Mat): 13 × 8 1/2 in. (33 × 21.6 cm) Classification: Textiles Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1909 Accession Number: 09.50.1024

Textile with Brocade Date: 14th century Geography: Made in, Venice?, Italy Culture: Italian Medium: Silk, gold thread Dimensions: Overall: 6 5/16 × 4 1/8 in. (16.1 × 10.5 cm) Storage (Mat): 13 × 8 1/2 in. (33 × 21.6 cm) Classification: Textiles Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1909 Accession Number: 09.50.1024

First half 16th century Italy Brocade  Perhaps designed for the Medici family or other family perhaps the Peri due to design of diamond ring and pears but may be a general image suitable for a marriage or engagement

First half 16th century Italy Brocade Perhaps designed for the Medici family or other family perhaps the Peri due to design of diamond ring and pears but may be a general image suitable for a marriage or engagement

Corset - Metropolitan Museum of Art Date: 1820–39 Culture: American Medium: Cotton, silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 16 in. (40.6 cm)

Corset - Metropolitan Museum of Art Date: 1820–39 Culture: American Medium: Cotton, silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 16 in. (40.6 cm)

Blackwork sleeves. Spanish technique of fancywork, 17th-18th century.  Catherine of Aragon was a talented artist in fancywork and a perfect sewer. Even after a scandalous divorce with her, Henry XVIII claimed the shirts sewed by Catherine. That was a constant subject of argues between him and Anna Boleyn.

Blackwork sleeves. Spanish technique of fancywork, 17th-18th century. Catherine of Aragon was a talented artist in fancywork and a perfect sewer. Even after a scandalous divorce with her, Henry XVIII claimed the shirts sewed by Catherine. That was a constant subject of argues between him and Anna Boleyn.

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