Alas, last week’s Worth ensemble got no love, despite it’s universally popular peacock blue colour. The proportions were deamed to be totally off, and the dress received a 4.5 out of 10.
This week, we look at another frock that may have proportional problems. Lucas Cranach the Elder, for all of his skills, isn’t noted for his anatomically accurate representations of the female physique. Whether his depictions of their fashions is any more accurate is unknown, so we shall just have to rate 16th century German dress on what he chose to show us.
Cranach paints that favourite 16th century German subject: the biblical temptress Salome carrying the gruesome trophy that her charms and wiles won her. Rather than wearing biblical dress, Salome wears a gown of the 1530s in dark rust red with gold trim, elaborate sleeves, a lavish assortment of gold necklaces, and a rather rakish feather adorned wreath.
Salome’s less than appealing accessory aside, how do you feel about her frock? Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10.