19th Century, Rate the dress

Rate the Dress: Amalie Auguste

Erté’s innovative design didn’t fare to well last week, with even those of you who thought that it could be effectively done as a dress giving it fairly low scores. The exotic bird ensemble scored only a 4.5 out of 10.

If risqué exoticism isn’t your thing, what about a very modest and innocent take on the exotic?

The 22 year old Amelie Augustes von Bayerne, Princess of Bavaria and Queen of Saxony was painted by Joseph Karl Stieler in 1823. Her dress is of deep saffron yellow fabric, with a bold ethnic border around the hem of the skirt. In contrast to the fabric, the cut of the dress is all conservative traditionalism, and the painting has an air of sweetness and innocence which matches the newly married princess’s youth.


Do you approve of the juxtaposition of the sophisticated colour scheme of the dress and the unsophisticated fragility of the princess, or would the Amalie have done better to wear a less bold frock?

Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10


  1. This is really a beautiful dress, the way the embroidery blends to the gold, red, then blue hem is really interesting. 9.5, because there is something slightly off about it, though that could just be Amalie.

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