Festival participants wear baroque costumes that excel in luxurious fabrics and designs. Archives have been the source for details about fashion in baroque Poreč and
historical documents and art work of the period have been a great inspiration for creation of historical costumes, hats, shoes, bag and other fashion accessories.
It is known that dressmakers, who came directly from Venice, made dresses for the ladies of Poreč. Fabrics of Italian, Flemish and French origin and bought in shops of Poreč were turned into magnificent pieces of clothing enveloping bodies of the noble women. Dress of noble class in the 18th centrury Poreč was refined and had soft lines. Fine, light fabrics were used for women’s dresses which were mostly adorned with Burano lace which could be ordinary as well as made with silver thread. Different silks often embroidered with floral patterns (tulips, carnations and roses) were used more festive dresses. Dresses worn by ladies from rich, upper classes could have other more precious decorations such as silver and golden spangles. Young women mostly wore light colours while elder ladies chose dark colours. Femininity was accentuated by placing baskets on the hips (panniers). A simple underskirt was worn above them. Waist, in a strong contrast to the wide hips, was laced in a richly decorated corset, and décolleté was mostly square and slightly opened. Rich lace fell in layers from ¾ sleeve dresses. At the end of the 17th century women wore a dress called manto sottanino or cotolo. Later in the history a woman’s dress called Andrie appears as well. Shawls were made of silk or lace. Other accessories include muffs, gloves, fans, handbags and shoes.
Light dark fabrics, mostly satin and velvet and often embroidered in floral pattern, were used for men’s pieces of clothing. A typical male costume of the 18th century consisted of several parts. A tailored jacket, velada, adorned by silver floral pattern reached knees, and opened at the waist in rich flounces. A waistcoat, called camisiola or sottoveste, was worn under the jacket. Fabrics were chosen carefully in order to achieve colour harmony between a jacket and a waistcoat. There were always a lot of buttons sewn on the waistcoat, and fabric used for the waistcoats back was not necessarily expensive. Camisiola could be laced at the back so that is clung perfectly to the body. Day shirt was wide and had lace on the sleeves. To round up the effect a precious lace tie was worn around the neck. The last part of the costume were breeches called bragoni or calzone which reached under the knees where they were kept in place by buttons. Stockings were made of silk, and low heel shoes with a typical square, silver or gold, buckle were worn. The most frequent head wear has a tricorn, a hat with turned up brim and three corners. In cold seasons men wore a tabarro or a black cape which accentuated their masculinity.