I suspected that last week’s Schiaparelli would be unpopular with some, but didn’t anticipate how many of you would consider it a ‘waste of time and material’. The only love it got was as a potential costume for a Broadway musical. It rated a 4.9 out of 10.
Perhaps the frock of a Princess (and a nun) can tempt you to higher praise? Drouais paints Louise Marie of France in a dress of luxurious tobacco-coloured silk trimmed with wavy bands of fur and lightened by lace sabot sleeves.
The style of dress is somewhat old-fashioned for 1770 (Louise Marie’s sister in law, the charming Maria Josepha of Saxony, was painted in similar frocks in the early 1760s), and is rather sombre in tone. Suitably un-worldy for a princess who was about to become a nun? Or was Louise Marie, like her sisters, the other aunt-in-laws of Marie Antoinette, another “bitter old hag” who could not be bothered to dress properly? Or is it technically suitable, but tasteless or ugly? You decide.
Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10