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Fit for a King

Meira Feinman

What was royal clothing made of that made it so valuable? Well, the answer depends on where and when. Let’s take a trip around the globe through different periods in history to find out what was clothing fit for a king.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When the daughter of the Duke of Milan, Italy, married the heir to the Kingdom of Naples, no expense was spared. The bride’s dowry was worth 200,000 florins (gold coins) and of that, 66,000 florins were spent on jewels and clothes alone. In fact, two of the bride’s dresses were so extravagant that they were classified as jewelry rather than clothing. These dresses were made of crimson silk, and one had sleeves of green and gold and was covered with pearls and silver and gold thread.


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