Oh my good Lord!
THE CRIMSON PISA DRESS, EARLY 1560s !
This dress also comes from the San Matteo monastery in Pisa, and was used to dress a statue of the Virgin Mary. It’s made of a crimson silk velvet, with guards decorated with metallic threads stitched down in a decorative looped pattern. The dress was after donation modified to fit a Madonna statue. The skirt was made shorter in the back ripping the seams in the back, move the back panels up and letting the extra fabric just hang loose inside the skirt. The front was lengthened by wool cloth, and the existing trims from hem and bodice back was used to cover the transition. The seams in front and back of the skirt was unpicked, so it had two openings. The sleeves seems to have been shortened, as the top is a bit uneven and with a different stitching than the rest of the sleeve. The back of the bodice was also removed - this basically required the shoulder straps to be unpicked, as the bodice was only laced together at the sides. A maroon cotton fabric was used for the back, with large ribbons to tie it together, and the sleeves was lined with this fabric as well. The trimmings of the back of the bodice was re-used on the skirt, which is why they are in pieces today. The bodice back was not preserved, but a new one has been made, and the original trims has been removed from the skirt and reattached to the bodice back. “
The second photo show how similar the Pisa dress is to the dress in “Portrait of a Lady”, 1560s, Workshop of Allori (location unknown).