Last week I showed you Joanna of Castille in full turn of the 16th century traditional Spanish royal attire – traditional in the sense that even within her own time, it was a historical costume. Though the pseudo-pregnant look wasn’t popular in a modern sense, you gave the dress points for being exactly what a Queen’s ensemble should be: striking, regal, and elegant, so it came in at a very impressive 8.8 out of 10.
While last week’s dress looked to the past and tradition for its inspiration, and was full of subtle meaning and allusions, this week’s dress is all about the latest technology, and relies on simple, bold, almost blunt design for its impact.
This mid 1860s dress from the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti is made from lavish amounts of silk satin dyed in the latest shade of aniline yellow. The bold yellow hue is further highlighted by the use of contrasting black lace trim. The lace is quite modern in design, and was possibly machine-made, further highlighting the dresses modernity.
Unfortunately there are no alternative views of the dress, so you’ll have to rate it on what you can see. What do you think of it? The widest extent of the bell crinoline, just moving towards the back emphasis that would become the bustle, the smooth bodice, pleated sleeves, and the hint of a lace bow at back.
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