European Fashion Heritage Association

Journal EFHA World

Object Voices / Child’s Shirt

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Symbols often speak of traditions and superstition – archives give back information about our humanity

In the past – as, in some cases, today – devotional medals or red coral necklaces and pendants as the one shown in portraits of Giovanni de Medici were used as protections from evil.

This shirt presents a collar called ‘a lattughe’ because of the thick ripples that characterize it. it follows a style that was very popular in the second half of the fifteenth century. The opening is outlined by a decoration that simulates a chain, on which hangs a medal with the Christological monogram.