Last week you either appreciated the mix of simplicity and complexity in the floral bedecked late 1820’s frock, and rated it highly, or really hated either the fabric or period and rated it poorly, or experienced a mix of the two elements with a resulting middle-of-the-road vote. The first tipped the scales just enough to bring in a rating of 7.2 out of 10 – a bit above average.
It may be coming into summer here in New Zealand, but I’m reminded that many of you are moving into winter, and (based on my latest poll) looking forward to celebrating Christmas.
So, just to mess with your heads, I’m presenting this nice warm, snuggly, Christmas-coloured 17th century rate the dress, which actually isn’t Christmas-y at all, because it’s a portrait of a lady posing as an Allegory of Astrology. What makes her an Allegory, I’ve never figure out.* And also, on second thought, that neckline isn’t really very warm and snuggly after all.
So, with a bit of confusion carefully established, what do you make of the ensemble? Do you like the front-fastening jacket-y bodice with its plunging neckline and fur trimmed tabs? Is the red, white and gold colour scheme effective, or just a cliche? And what about her distinctive lace hood?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
*Resists making jokes about being green and scaly on the banks of the Nile.