Last week I showed you a striped 1820s dress with a variety of different trim ideas across the dress, and contrasting sleeves. As a whole, certain bits of the dress you loved, other bits you hated: problem was there was no consensus as to which bits to admire and which bits to condemn! Some of you loved the purple sleeves, others loathed them. I was among those who adored the bias striped trim at the hem, but many of you found it awful. It was a very bitsy dress, and the bitsy votes came together at 7.4 out of 10, which impressed me considering all the criticism.
Many of you were also quite critical of the display, which I think is a bit harsh. They are auction-house pictures after all. It’s very generous of Augusta Auctions to make so many detailed photos available online in the first place, and they have a lot of stuff to photograph and dress: you can hardly hold them to the same standards as the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
This week it’s time for a men’s fashion on Rate the Dress. It’s just been too long.
This is Felipe the I, Duke of Parma.
He’s got it all! The chin to end all chins! The dog with its eye falling off its face!* Parquet! Naked goddesses in the fireplace! Gilded shell-bedecked furniture! Basketweave patterned velvet breaches! And a jacket to match, though it’s hard to tell under all the embroidery and medals and frogging, and oh, have I mentioned the fur cuffs that are each big enough to be a respectable muff? Plus, he’s got lace at cuffs and stock, and snowy white stockings. And let’s not forget his floral brocade waistcoat, or his brilliantly blue sash scarlet neck sash which display more medals and orders (I’m sure there is a proper name for the sashes but I’m tired and it’s late). Finally, you can just glimpse his hair bag, and the glitter of the buckles on his shiny, shiny shoes. And is his coat lined in fur?
In other words, there is a lot to take in.
Too much? Or is it the excess of men’s rococo fashion that makes it work? Does all the over-the-top-ness come together fabulously, or ridiculously?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.
*OK, that’s actually just a bit of light reflecting off the dogs hair, but unless you look closely all you see is alien-melty-dog-face!