Last week I showed you an 1880s ensemble that has been enormously popular. There were a few naysaysers (as always) but the general consensus was extremely positive. I haven’t tallied the votes yet (The Project has completely taken over my life and I’m afraid you aren’t likely to hear from me again for a few days more), but I’m sure it will be in the 9s.
Moving away from the feminine and the colourful, and the super popular, it’s time for black. Early 17th century (always a worrisome era on Rate the Dress) black menswear (also problematic), to be precise.
Well, kinda menswear. Prince Henry was between 10 and 15 when this portrait was painted. Not exactly manly, though the tailor and Peake the Elder tried their best with the pose and costume.
Poor Henry barely got to be a child, his life overshadowed by what was essentially a custody battle between his still married parents. And he never grew up to be a man either, his life tragically cut short by typhoid at 18, which is why there was never a Henry IX of England.
What do you think of his outfit? Princely, manly and timely, all at once? Or just ridiculous?
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