Last week I showed you a red velvet spencer dress, and your reactions to it were either extremely positive, or extremely not. I have to admit that expanse of checked velvet was pretty full on, and that can be very much a good thing, or very much a bad thing, but it was definitely VERY MUCH a thing! The rating came in at 7.7777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777 (ad infinitum) out of 10, which I feel nicely matched the quirkyness of the spencer!
This week we’ll stick with patterned velvet (probably – I’m guessing at what our young gentlemen’s doublet is made from) and ornamental buttons as we look at Barocci’s young man.
The Young Man is dressed in a very rich and impressive outfit, and carries an equally impressive sword, but this portrait always makes me giggle just a little bit anyway, because his not-very-impressive beard and mustache are so timeless. You could imagine him in a T-shirt and jeans today, trying SO HARD to grow that facial hair.
So hair aside, what do you think of the Young Man? Late 16th century fashion can be a bit hit-and-miss, but as long as you have to wear a stiffened bodice and a ruff, is this the way to do it?
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