Silly me! Forgot to tally up last week’s votes on Pierre Balmain’s 50’s ostrich feather and diamantes frock. As it turns out, you either like ostrich feathers, or you don’t, so the votes were quite divided, balancing out at 7.5 out of 10, which was a rating that absolutely no-one gave the dress. Such is the Rate the Dress though!
This fortnight’s theme in the Historical Sew Fortnightly is Under It All – making undergarments, and starting tomorrow I’ll be leading a Panier-Along as I teach how to make paniers. However, showing you undergarments to rate isn’t that interesting, and I didn’t just want to show dresses worn over paniers. Maybe I’ll do one of those next week!
Instead, I’ve gone for something random: Margaret of Anjou being presented with the Book of Romance in a ca. 1445 illumination.
Want to see that in detail?
The young, beautiful Margaret, in the years before the disastrous War of the Roses, and while her husband still had some grasp of reality, is shown wearing an ermine-trimmed mantle of dusky pink over a dress of golden yellow with a surcoat (is that what those things are called) of blue with gold buttons. There is some fascinating detailing around the edges of the cloak, and in the collar and sleeves.
What do you think? Pretty, pretty medieval princess, or a bit too layer-y? Are her crown and scepter just a trifle over the top, and is it a pity that her frock clashes so with the book?
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