Malatesta late Medieval and Renaissance Girdle for Robe or Houppelande 15th century
Belt width 55 mm
Buckle 115x80 mm
Strap end 65 x 90 mm
Materials: bronze, gilding, silvering, enamel
Source: V&A Museum, 1450 Italy
We made replica of this girdle from the original mounts from V&A Museum.
We called this set for girdle Malatesta because historians from V&A Museum hypothesize that the original could belong to Malatesta family of Rimini.
It was rather popular to gift a girdle to brides on different levels of medieval society. The girdle became a powerful symbol of charity and treasured costume and fashion accessory.
Such girdle was worn around waist over outer cloth such as robe or houppelande with the ending hanging down on the front or on the back to demonstrate wealth and richness of the family.
Such girdle could be worn as by men and women. There is information that three other very similar belts were made by the order of Pope Julius II. They were given as a diplomatic gift for to James I of Scotland, Ladislaus II of Hungary and the Confederation of Swiss Cantons.