Last week I showed you a 1920s dress in aqua and gold lace with velvet poppies trim, and you DID NOT LIKE IT. Ok, a rare few of you loved it, but most of you didn’t: you had trouble envisioning it as it would have been worn in the ’20s (yes, it would have had a slip, almost certainly in a slightly paler shade of aqua), you found the poppies too heavy and clashing, and didn’t like the transition from lace to satin. For general dislike, the dress came in at an extremely disappointing 4.7 out of 10.
This week to make it easy to visualise the whole picture, here is a whole picture:
We don’t know who the artist of this portrait is, or who the subject is, but the portrait does give us all the details of her ivory and pink dress.
The dress features heavy ivory overskirts, lined in carnation pink, with border of brocaded patterned trim that extend up on to the bodice in stripes. The same fabric forms slashed shoulder wings
The separate sleeves are probably made from the same heavy silk satin as the skirt, but with delicate pinked slashing, narrow gold braid, and fine blonde lace trim around the wrists.
Around her waist she wears a gold belt. Further gold chains hang around her neck, and gold buttons fasten her under-bodice.
She wears a string of baroque pearls around her neck, and her hair is drawn back simply from her face, with a fillet of pearls sitting high on the crown of her head.
Whoever the sitter was, she was clearly wealthy: her dress and jewellery would have been extremely expensive, and the portrait is quite the status piece.
What do you think of the unknown lady and her ensemble? Has she pulled of the perfect blondes in pink look?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10