Dressing "à la portugaise" in the House of Savoy. Sartorial Otherness in the Wardrobe of Beatrice of Portugal (1504-1538)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


In 1521, Infanta Beatriz of Portugal left Lisbon to marry Charles II, Duke of Savoy. Along with her entourage she carried a dowry worth 150,000 which included jewelry worth 22,000 cruzados, and various items of clothing. These items reflected both the geography of the empire and Portuguese courtly dress making them a novelty in the Cisalpine Duchy, and an expression of Beatrice's power and wealth through her otherness. This presentation will address narrative descriptions and visual data that contextualize the ceremonial and representational settings and that illustrate Beatrice's choices through the characterization of materials and model patters of her wardrobe.
Period10 Jun 2021
Event titleNew Research in Dress History Conference
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • History and Cultures of Fashion
  • Material culture