For a while I thought that the 1885 reception dress from last week might become the second Rate the Dress ever to score a perfect 10, but alas, while most of you adored the mix of saucy and prim, not all of you adored the mix of brocade, satin and fur, so the dress scored an excellent, but not perfect, 9.3 out of 10.
I’ve realised that I have neglected the early Renaissance in these Rate the Dresses, so this week is partly to rectify that. An early Rate the Dress featuring a Renaissance lady (also in green) by Titian rated well. How will you feel about Brozini’s Lady in Green?
Early reproductions of the painting show the unknown Lady in Green against a muted red brown background with a dull green dress, but recent conservation has revealed the vivid green dress, the rich red background, and the palest gold of the slashed sleeves and ribbon trim. Under the dress the lady wears a chemise decorated with delicate blackwork, and her red hair is complemented by an elaborately embellished gold and green coif. She also has lace trim on her sleeves, a ring on her pointer finger, and a bit of gauzy fabric in her hands (or perhaps she holds gloves, and time has rendered the leather translucent).
What do you think? Is the green too much? Are the sleeves too much? Or is the balance of smooth and textured, simple and elaborate the perfect mix?
Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10.