Last week was all about tea and tea gowns, and the Rate the Dress was, appropriately enough, a tea gown. It was rather popular, except with those of you who didn’t think it was tea gown-y enough, or those of you who simply didn’t like the idea of tea gowns, and thought it was too tea gown-y. You can’t please everyone! Still, it rated a very respectable 8.7 out of 10.
A long, long time ago, as my second Rate the Dress ever, you commented on Christina of Denmark as a teenager, and prospective bride, in mourning attire. Unfortunately, the comments got lost in the blog switchover, and I don’t have a record of exactly what you thought!
Let’s see how Christina grew up.
Well, if this portrait actually is of Christina, not very well! That beaky nose! That sallow complexion! At first I could not comprehend that it might be the same person, but on closer inspection, the deep set eyes, and the pronounced cheekbones are still there. Of course, the eyes have switched from chocolate brown in Holbein’s portrait to hazel in this one, which is most suspicious!
Anyway, whether or not this is Christina is beside the point, because what I really want to know is, what do you think of the whoever-she-is’s taste in clothes? The stiff, sharp sleeves? The elaborate silver and gold metal bobbin lace? The silk gauze sleeves? The touch of colour in the petticoat? Just the thing for a noblewoman of a certain age? Or just awful on any woman of any age?
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