Last week I showed you a rather plain 1890s dress with enormous puffed sleeves. Thanks to some rather fabulous fabric and some very clever stripe-work, the dress was very popular.
Right up until my Mum showed up and pointed out that it looks like an elephant. Thanks Mum!
Still, 1890s sexy librarian or elephant, it came in at a VERY impressive 9.2 out of 10.
Since I’m on a 1570s kick, this week’s Rate the Dress is on-theme. Rather than staying with English Elizabethan styles, we’re travelling to continental Europe to discuss the fashion choices of the 21 year old Anna of Austria, Queen of Spain:
In typical late 16th century Spanish style, Anna’s clothes are quite severe, with large expanses of expensive black fabric. Equally typically, the black is livened with copious amounts of precious metals and stones: her bonnet is circled with gold braid and jewelled ornaments, there are more jewelled pins in her hair, she wears an elaborate gold necklace with an enormous double-headed bird pendant, each head holding a ruby in its mouth, while a large pearl dangles below, and what is probably a diamond sets off the whole thing. An equally elaborate and impressive belt highlights her slender waist and the fashionable pointed bodice of her dress.
Slightly less typically, the black is also relieved by a vivid yellow doublet, giving a bit of youthful zing to the ensemble.
Anna was, by all accounts, quite charming and personable. She was known for being her father’s favourite daughter and her husband/uncle’s (yes, eww. It’s the Hapsburgs. We know what happened to them because of it) favourite wife. Does this outfit do a good job of balancing youth, power, status, and personality?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.