In case you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted anything for 5 days, it’s due to WordPress problems – I haven’t been able to start or edit posts. After a desperate bit of ‘throwing away tons of stuff and clearing the cache and updating all the software’ I think I have it working again! (I hope!) So here is your slightly belated Rate the Dress…
Last week’s Victorian Fairy Godmother dress might have impressed you a lot more if it was better displayed (once again, I’m still impressed at how good the auction house managed to display it at all – unlike a museum, they don’t have a finite collection and infinite amount of time to stye and document a garment), and if it wasn’t such a strange green-gold colour. Many of you acknowledged that for the event, and for the person and age, it was probably a fantastic choice. The ratings evened out at 6.8 out of 10 – reasonable, but certainly not a rave rating.
This week’s Rate the Dress is inspired by the HSF ‘Tops and Toes’ challenge, because Élisabeth-Alexandrine de Bourbon-Conde de Sens (or Alexandrine, as she was known) is wearing such a distinct and cunning headpiece.
Alexandrine was the granddaughter of Louis XIV and his noted mistress Madame de Montespan, and a daughter of the 6th Prince de Condé, and thus a princesse du sang. She herself was a close friend of the most famous royal mistress of all: Madame de Pompadour. She’s most notable for being un-notable. She renovated a few houses, and otherwise had little impact. In the fraught annals of the French, her lack of notoriety is perhaps a virtue in and of itself.
While Alexandrine isn’t that interesting as a person, her costume is quite fascinating . The dress of vermillion bizarre silk, with its long slim sleeves. The black wrap with fur trim, lined in the same bizarre silk as the dress? The single short glove that she puts on. And that funny hat. What does it mean? Was it some sort of ceremonial wear?
And what do you think of it? Is the wild fabric balanced by the simplicity of the dress, and the austere black? Is the hat fun and witty, or just odd?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10