When I posted last week’s 1910s Rate the Dress I knew that the colour scheme wasn’t likely to be popular (personally, I’m sure you know I adore neutrals, and I thought the plum-y contrast of the collar was an inspired choice), but I forgot about your hate of the top-heavy, blouson 1910s silhouette.
Despite that, you did like the crisp tailored look of the ensemble, so it managed a passable, if not brilliant, 7.3 out of 10
For this week’s rate the dress, we’re going allegorical. Our subject, possibly Jeanne de Marigny, is shown in a mid 17th century allegorical portrait, possibly as ‘Fortune’ or ‘Vanity,’ literally dripping in wealth.
She has a pearl circlet on her head, pearls around her neck, garlands of pearls festooning her neckline, with further strands of jewels and pearls across her chests. She carelessly lets more precious gems and gold coins drip from her fingers, and gathers them up in her skirt as if they were no more than flowers.
While the painting is an allegory, and her dress may be a fantasy, it adheres to the fashionable styles of the mid-17th century, with the boned, fitted bodice that would become the base of the robe de cour, a sweep of pleated skirts in lush fabric, and a filmy neckerchief covering the excess of skin revealed by the extremely low neckline.
The picked-up skirt allows the wearer to show that it is not only made from expensive silk, but lined in the same, and worn over a petticoat of even more expensive brocaded silk – a decadent luxury that would fit in well with either ‘Fortune’ or ‘Vanity’.
What do you think of our lady? Was her outfit a fortunate choice, or will your verdict prick her vanity?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.