Much to my surprise, last week’s 1870s summer whites proved very popular. I can’t say they particularly did anything for me, though I enjoyed how much the outfit reminded me of Morisot and Clause in Manet’s The Balcony. While it didn’t make my heart go pitter-pattern, I will admit that I do love it when you guys love something! Enthusiasm is always attractive! The enthusiasm (with slight reservations about the scale of embroidery) yielded the dress a perfect 9 out of 10. Not as good as the week before, but still excellent.
Since a few people mentioned that last week’s selection reminded them of a robe, and since I have Aesthetic dress on my mind thanks to Costume College, and yellow on my mind because yellow, this week I present a warm, cozy Aesthetic robe by Liberty of London.
This garment completely rejects the fashionable nipped-waist and exaggerated sleeves of 1890s fashion, seen even in most tea gowns and other ‘relaxed’ garments of the era, for a loose, Renaissance inspired silhouette and shirred double-layer sleeves that also borrow from that era.
The plush silk edgings of the robe further serve to evoke the fur edged robes shown in paintings by the likes of Holbein. Even the large-scale fabric is a nod to the large-scale Italian Renaissance fabrics seen in Eleanor of Toledo and the like, but rendered in typically Aesthetic shades of golden yellow, and with typically counter-culture flowers: in this case, sunflowers.
What do you think? Does this avant-gard ensemble manage to be both regal and comfortable? Or is it just a historically inspired fuddy-dud?
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