Last week’s 1840s plaid-ish dress was like a woman who is technically not the least bit beautiful, but who is so clever and witty with her looks that she tricks people into thinking she is more attractive than her more classically arranged sisters. The illusion divided you into those who were completely taken in by the subterfudge, those who saw it and admired her more for it, those who looked straight for the true aesthetic and missed the wit altogether, and those who saw and dismissed the clever screen and cast your vote for the academically prescribed aesthetic. Which is right? All of them, and none of them! They are what make the world interesting. And together mush all the sharp ups and downs of the ratings into a respectable but not exactly brilliant 6.9 out of 10.
Last week one of the main complaints from the latter two camps was that the colours of the dress were too dull.
I hope this is bright enough for you.
Celebrated Italian painter Pompeo Batoni depicts Edward Howard, a young British nobleman on his grand tour, in a suit of red, with more red, and red, in red, and then some red over that, with red. And then just a little bit of gold, and maybe the tiniest bit of black and white. And a dog.
What do you think? Is Edward’s outfit the epitome of elegance, or is he the mid-18th century version of a young man going through his ‘cap on backwards, jeans halfway down his bum’ phase (do guys still do that? Or is the new sartorially dreadful episode for young men when they don skinny jeans and paper thin T-shirts with deep necklines?)?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10