Full Entry, Male

1420 CE Male Italian Farsetto

Title 1420 CE Male Italian Farsetto
Entry # GGB2021.066
Alternate Names: Doublet, Italian cotehardie 
Year : 1420
Time range: 1400 – 1450 CE
Era: Late medieval / Italian renaissance
Gender: Male
region: Southern Europe
Countries/cultures: Northern Italy
Maker: Vincent De Vere
Difficulty: 3
Confidence: Image Examples


A middle later to the Italian male clothing, a doublet like layer worn over undershirts and below outer layers.


The middle layer of the male dress worn by most levels of society.  The 1400’s see the transition from the longer doublet to the very short doublet. The major distinctions of the Italian variant can be seen on the arms, tight below the elbow and billowed at the upper arm, and the collar, at the back of the neck, where the collar dips lower down the spine. 

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Linen
    • Brocades
    • Silk
  • Ornamentation:

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • Linen
    • Linen Blends
    • Cottons
    • Brocades
    • Wool Blends
    • Silks
    • Silk Blends
  • Ornamentation:

Ensemble Components

  • Farsetto
  • Undershirt

  • Split hose and pants



Version: 2
date: 3/6/2021
Source of Period Pic: Piero della Francesca The battle between Heraclius and Chosroes, 1452-1466
Model: Giovanni Loredan