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Characteri­stic clothes


shabby chic

As the character of Zanni was a clownish servant, he dressed in the loose rough linen associated with Bergmasque peasants. His broad cap may also have been directly copied from urban chimneyswe­eps and his trousers borrowed from Venetian sailors. The commedia would also send up the upper classes: La Signoria would be overdresse­d, with colourful makeup, excessive ruffles and too many jewels.

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