Whenever I post a late Renaissance/Elizabethan garment with a ruff, I know I’m running a risk. Historically (as in, historically on this blog) ruffs have not been popular. So I really wondered what you would make of Christina of Denmark (?) in her metal lace encrusted dress. You have to admit, the look had a lot working against it: the terrible perspective issues of the painting, the ruff, the crazy upper-sleeves and even crazier lower sleeves. And yet, you managed to look past the weird, crazy portrait, see the dress as it might have been in actual fabric on an actual person, and rated it a respectable (particularly for the era) out 7.3 of 10. As Rowena said, it’s “the best Muppet costume I have ever seen.”
This week we go from status and bling to sweetness with a little girl’s dress from the MFA Boston is made in the sweetest pastel yellow and blue taffeta.
The colours remind me of a Beatrix Potter illustration, and the large pockets seem like a good idea for a child who might collect leaves and trading cards and the occasional frog. I’m not so sure about the child-friendlyness of the rest of the design, which echoes the slim ‘natural-form’ silhouette fashionable in adult women’s clothes, with its emphasis on sculptural decoration around them hem and cuffs.
What do you think? Does the dress work on an aesthetic level? What about as a kid’s garment?
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