With most of the ‘Rate the Dresses’ I’m happy to sit back. I like hearing what you have to say: the comparisons, the opinions, the different design perspectives. Very, very occasionally though, I feel the need to leave my own comment. Last week’s Rate the Dress was one of those.
And because this is my blog, I get to post it up front and centre:
If Worth Jr’s contemporaneous afternoon dress was “small furry animal tipped the inkwell over, amused itself in the subsequent puddle, then took a stroll across the sketches for the new season” with results included in the final garments, this dress was ‘small furry animal vomited hairball on sketch, then tipped the inkwell over and rolled in the puddle, shedding copious amounts of hair in the process, and finished up by leaving hair-enriched turds on top of it all’ with results included in the finished garment. If I could give this a -10, I would, but the lowest the rating goes is 1 out of 10.
But clearly you guys didn’t agree with me. Many of you even liked the dress, bunny ears, chest breadsticks, raggedy hemline and all, giving it an inexplicable (at least to me) 6.5 out of 10. Even including my vote would only take it down to a 6.2 out of 10
Since last week was far too scary for me, this week’s Rate the Dress is retreating to safer territory: the lovely, comfortable, consistently well-rated 18th century. And a famously fashionable 18th century family too boot: Marie Christine was the daughter of Maria Teresa of Austria, and Marie Antoinette’s sister.
Based on this portrait, she shared her sister’s taste for extravagant fashion, and looks far more likely to have desired the notorious necklace of the affair of the diamond necklace.
Maria Christina sports a dress of pink silk brocade elaborately patterned in a design that echoes her lace sabot sleeves, and the lace around her neckline and down her stomacher. Dark pink rosettes add a counterpoint to the pink of the dress, but the highlight of the outfit is the aforementioned jewels, which centre the rosettes, sparkle around her wrist and neck, in her ears and down her front, and are scattered through her hair. You almost don’t notice the fur lined velvet throw which her nice and snuggle, or the a cluster of rosebuds and white flowers hinting at the oncoming of spring.
What do you think? Too pink? Too busy? Too much jewellery? Or were diamonds (and pearls) a girl’s best friend, especially when paired with a pink dress, well before Marilyn, back when gentlemen preferred greys?
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