I wanted an easy-to-wear dress for hot days (we’ve been known to spike temps in the 90s in mid-October), and I discovered this wonderful Botticelli portrait (believed to be of an imaginary woman):
And here is my version:
Constructed from linen, with a canvas interlining to the bodice but no boning, this dress is wildly comfortable. It’s a modern cheat at creating the gamurra, or Florentine undergown. I have “someday plans” to complete the sleeves, as well as add a giornea (overgown) of butter yellow damask.