I have collected as many examples of extant tailoring and dressmaking books as I can to create a virtual timeline very easily accessed by the public.
The gown has been dated to the 1520s based on the fabric weave, the style, and probable connection to Mary of Hungary and Louis II. This connection is not yet substantiated by physical, written, or visual evidence outside the aforementioned style and the potential for the garments to have been presented as gifts to the Mariazell shrine by the royal couple while on a pilgrimage around the time of their wedding.
Ioanne Iacomo, 1540s-?,
Il Libro del Sarto
Die Meisterstückbücher des Schneiderhandwerks in Innsbruck
Polish Tailor’s Cutting Guide from Germany, Breslau 1567, AC 1992.243.1.
Oberosterreichisches Landesarchiv, Linz, Austria Zunftarchivalien Sch. 96
Schneidermusterbuch: Käysserliche Freyhaitten d schneyder
Renowacja powtórna sztuk krawieckich, 1747 r. – Archiwum Państwowe, Poznań, 1954 r.
Ein Schnittmusterbuch aus dem 17.Jahrhundert