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Rate the Dress: Whistler’s Symphony in White

Last week you really got into the spirit of Rate the Dress, considering and critiquing Sophia Dorothea’s outfit and giving her a fairly good rating of 7 out of 10.

This week we move forward a century and a quarter to Whistler’s 1862 Symphony in White.

Symphony in White, James McNeill Whistler, 1861—62, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

How do you feel about her simple white dress, with sheer striped sleeves, and a full skirt worn without a crinoline and long loose hair?

Will you find it a refreshingly relaxed take on the high crinoline period, or does it feel a little ruffled and unkept?

You can see a very large version of the image on Wikimedia Commons

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