Giornea

A long sleeveless overdress worn in public, often elaborately embroidered, lined with fur for winter, silk for summer, which could be bordered and hemmed with fur. The giornea was open both down the front and at the sides to allow for a freer walking strode and also to enable the fabric of the gamurra or cotta beneath could show through. There was much sumptuary discussion about the length of the back hem of a giornea, which was long, and could form a train (strascico). The giornea performed a similar role to the cioppa, except that it was sleeveless and open at the sides. The giornea had originated as military dress for day battle in antique times. (Frick, pg. 309)

An overdress, open in the front and down the sides, to allow the textile of the cotta worn underneath to show through. The giornea is quite often longer at the back of the hem, offering a sweeping profile in movement. It may or may not have detached sleeves. It is a summer garment, worn more often in Florence than further north, where the pellanda, with open or closed long sleeves, is more suitable for most of the year. Sometimes, however, the giornea is lined with fur, in which case it may be worn during the cooler months. It appears to be a garment normally worn by the young… (Herald, pg. 218)

“The giornea corresponds to the fourteenth-century guarnacca, and in the Quattrocento was still sometimes called by that name. It was often sleeveless: but its main feature was that instead of only opening down the front, it was also left open at the sides, to reveal the textile of the gamurra or of the cotta underneath.” (Herald, pg. 48)

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