Last week I showed you a half length portrait of Anna Caffarelli Minutiba, ca 1676. The overall reception was quite warm, but it lost a point or two here and there because some of you found the lace just a bit big, the contrast between it and the yellow just a bit stark, or the string bows just a bit odd. Still, 8.6 out of 10 is an eminently respectable, if not absolutely fabulous rating!
This week I’m carrying on the lace them from last week, with a dress that incorporates spectacular cutwork lace worked into the dress fabric.
I’ve used the term spectacular because I’m sure we can all agree that the workmanship of the lace, at the very least, is spectacular, even if you don’t find the overall effect quite to your taste.
The dove grey colour, combined with darker greys, whites and ecru, are all typical of the soft, muted, hues favoured in the first decade of the 20th century, and the way multiple accent colours were often combined in one garment.
What sets this garment apart, aside from the lavish cutwork decorations, is the inclusion of pops of vivid green, both in the bodice:
And at the hem:
It’s a bold and unusual statement. What will your verdict on dress be?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.