Sunday, August 9, 2009

Yay or Nay? King Gustav

Last week the Duchess of Parma's flair appealed to the masses and despite a few flaws, her ensemble was met with an overall, Yay! Although reader, Paul slapped together this creation which improves upon the flaws many of you pointed out (and what a good job he did too!). We continue the spangle spectacle into this week with King Gustav of Sweden who picked an outfit that not only fits well to form but to his personality.


Alexander Roslin once again lends his brush to paint Gustav III (1775) in his sparkly gold coat with blue sash. Yay or Nay?

[Nationalmuseum, Stockholm]

29 comments:

  1. Nay. It looks like they gilded a komodo dragon and sewed it into a jacket.

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  2. Only a King or Liberace could carry off that outfit. Yay.

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  3. Yay. You can't be da king if you ain't got da bling.

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  4. I actually like it, even if only for the virtuosity of the jacket. But I DO hope my komodo dragons were injured in the making of the ensemble. What's up with Kingy's eyes, though? He looks like he just hit in the face with a frying pan, a la Looney Tunes. Still, yay.

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  5. I love everything but the color. I think this would have been much nicer in silver, still, he wears it well. Yay!

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  6. Biggest YAY ever! My favourite king can't look bad in anything, not according to me anyway ;P But to be honest, I've seen paintings of Gustaf, by A.Roslin, where he bear clothes with nicer colours.

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  7. It really reminds me of this jacket from Mr Jackson's wardrobe! http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2009/2/12/1234457805284/Michael-Jacksons-auction--023.jpg

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  8. I like the red and green decoration on the front but that gold material looks like it should be made into a dress for ballroom dancing! Sorry, it's a nay from me.

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  9. Paul Miller: The king's face was slightly deformed due to complications during his birth. This was apparently very clear to all who saw him but most artists probably toned it down. In this particular portrait I think it's quite noticeable, though.

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  10. In this case I think we can applaud the artist's skill in rendering the tactile quality of the fabrics so brilliantly while at the same time endowing his subject with a quiet kind of dignity. This is a Yay! for me!

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  11. Nay...The color of the coat is just to gold!!!!

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  12. I love anything sparkly- and hey, he's a King, he's got to dazzle! Stephanie's comment about Liberace killed me- that was soo funny!

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  13. Yay - I think the little green poof at the right is a but much, and I'd like it better if the bow in his hair matched his sash, but honestly I think he must have totally rocked this look, especially with the hat. Somebody else might not have been able to get away with it, but hey, he's a king, if he can't get out some sparklies now and then who can?

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  14. Nay. It's a bit too sparkley for me.

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  15. Oh, I'd have to say a definite YAY and add Ja, tack! Blue and gold...national colours... worn with such flair... Love it!

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  16. Definitely YAY! How could I say nay to a Swedish king?

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  17. I say yay. Despite the gold and the glitz, there really is an informal quality that I like. And he has such an amiable look about him doesn't he?

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  18. Yay. It totally does work in a kind of OTT liberace of way. Anyway, the poor man was shot; let him have his sparkly suit, I say!

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  19. I'll give it a yay, although it looks horribly gaudy. Perhaps it was stylish then... he looks pretty pleased with himself.

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  20. I'll give it a yay, although it looks horribly gaudy. Perhaps it was stylish then... he looks pretty pleased with himself.

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  21. OH, yay. Gotta love it - it's over the top!

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  22. NAY! Moiré should only be use in drapes...

    But I do love the gold and blue mix. We have a saying in Portugal, dated from the Eighteen century, that goes: «like blue on gold», meaning that something is the perfect match.

    Ex: If you find the perfect shoes for your dress, you would say: «This shoes will go like gold on blue»

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  23. My reaction: Oh, what big eyes you have, your majesty!

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  24. Definitely a Nay! ^^


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