Last week most of you loved the Victoroco (or should that be Rococtorian?) fantasy dress. There were some slight quibbles about the colour, and the bow on the front bodice, or the skirt draping (btw, as the grand queen of this blog I’ve decided that those of you who suggested it needed to be pulled up on both sides were wrong. If you did that it would make her look too much like a porcelain shepherdess, and the fantasy would become cliche and would be utterly ruined), but the dress managed a very impressive 9.5 out of 10.
For all its popularity, Andreotti’s painting left me with a bit of a dilemma. Where do you go from a rate the dress that included both the 18th and 19th centuries, and that had so many colours and details in it?
How about a compromise? Regency – halfway between the dates. Something with lots of colours and details, but with all the details agains a simple backdrop.
So I present this unknown woman. She’s got a lot going on: striped ribbon sash, Kashmir shawl, striped kerchief, garnet necklace and earrings, yellow kid gloves, gold diadem, and ruffles around her sleeves and neck. Is it too much? Or do all the details add interest to the simple Regency dress? Do all the colours clash, or harmonize into a portrait of a strong, individualistic woman?
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