acing holes were either oversewn eyelets, lacings rings (Figure 6) or metal eyelets inserted into the fabric. An interesting point that Birbari suggests is that the underarm lacings were, in some cases, the only functional lacings. This allowed the center front closure to remain permanently fixed, keeping the profile the same each time the dress was worn. This would also have kept wear and tear on the front lacings to a minimum.


  Figure 5: Portrait of a Lady, Ghiraldaio demonstrating horizontal laces, and a coverciere. Also note that her cap has ties under the chin. Another interesting detail is that the cord of her necklace is actually under her laces.   Figure 6: Ginevra de Benci, Leonardo da Vinci, 1474. Note her coverciere closed with a button or pin and the metal lacing rings sewn to the outside of the bodice. Also, is that a black poste around her neck?  
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