There were an interesting mix of feelings about last week’s tan and red 1870s frock. Some of you were swept away by the silhouette, and the parasol pocket, others felt that while the period is attractive, this wasn’t the most inspired example of an 1870s frock, and some of you found the colour combination too reminiscent of bleeding flesh for comfort. Despite a few very low ratings, the frock managed 7 out of 10. You’ve all been so nice and generous with your ratings lately!
This week you’re going to rate one of the images that I’m using as inspiration for my Polly / Oliver outfit. Here is Marie Antoinette in hunting attire, one year after her marriage to the Dauphin of France:
I’m using this image as inspiration for Polly / Oliver, so you might assume that I think the ensemble perfection indeed, and Marie Antoinette is famous for her fashion innovations. However, I may only be using bits of this portrait for inspiration, and many of ill-fated Queen’s fashion choices were perhaps more whimsical (to put it politely) than truly elegant. Certainly at 16 her famous sense of style was not fully developed.
What do you think of the riding habit (riding habits and hunting attire are effectively interchangeable in the context of French royal fashion in the 18th century) of red with gold trim, paired with a floral striped waistcoat, black tricorn hat, lace cuffs and cravat (or are we still in stock territory?), and buff gloves. Does it give a glimpse of Marie Antoinette’s flair for fashion, or does it lack polish and the sartorial poise that makes an outfit both tasteful and memorable?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10