Sunday, May 16, 2010

Yay or Nay? Frederika Sophia Wilhelmina

Although dear Mrs. Weller may be guilty of having a simple face she has quite the fabulous gown; she was given a big, fat Yay! Can we be so lucky this week? Or will your opinions soon sour when you see this week's selection?


Johann Georg Ziesenis paints Princess Frederika Sophia Wilhelmina (c. 1768) in her quilted green coat with pink crisscross stomacher. Yay or Nay?

[Mauritshuis]

35 comments:

Erin Blakemore - The Heroine's Bookshelf said...

That would be a yay. Those ribbons!

Belle-Etoile said...

Definately a yay! I love myself a well balanced pink and green outfit, and she pulled hers off beautifully!

lostinsophistication said...

I'm going to have to say nay; the ensemble reminds me of a watermelon...

DC said...

Sometimes I find these yay or nays difficult because I am looking at them from a 21st C perspective. If I was there in 17 and so and so , I would probably think she was the belle of the ball, she does look very pretty but something does not sit right with me.

Nay, sorry.

adamantixx said...

it all looks a bit stiff and starchy to me but she has a kind, friendly face so i'd hate to upset her...

therefore, she has my Yay!

aLmYbNeNr said...

YAY! Love pink and green together!

Abby said...

This is green and pink done right. The silk is to die for. Zooming in on the pink trim, it honestly made me laugh a little bit. It's so whimsical, like tufts of curls. It wouldn't be as charming if it was all over the ensemble. The combination of the fun, curly, and slightly wild pink part with the cross barred and box pleated green is well thought out. Then she ties it together with the pink stomacher that continues to straight and strong lines of the crossbarred green silk.

To finish she has just a little bit of lace, nice hair that isn't too much or too little for her. Love it.

This gets a big yay from me.

Sandra said...

Mmmm...watermelon...yay to the fruit, nay to dressing like one.

cherylynn said...

love the colours, the texture and the cuffs. A little too much happening in the front so I would have to give it a tentative Yay

nightsmusic said...

The ensemble is gorgeous, but I have to wonder why this wasn't painted with her outside on a snowy day, walking in the forest or...somewhere. It looks like she's wearing a winter coat.

So, a qualified yay, I suppose.

Comtesse Olympe de la Tour D'Auvergne said...

Not my favorite shade of pink to go with that green. I don't love the trim, but I think in a slightly different color combination I would love the cut of the ensemble, so I'm going to give it a Yay.

Sunny @ the Library said...

Well, there is no denying the color scheme is distinctly watermelon. I wish the green were a tad softer.

But the details (I love the turned back cuffs) are delicious.

Yay!

Anonymous said...

yay! even if she looks a bit like an 18th century watermelon!

Linda said...

Yay! She looks at ease and cheerful. I love that shade of green and the ribbons along the skirt, and also the criss-cross on her stomacher. Very nicely put together.

Mythosidhe said...

The design is fine, but I don't think I can reconcile that combination of colors (mixing jewel tones and pastels requires caution!). Afraid I have to say 'nay'.

Charleybrown said...

I'm guessing that she's a seedless watermelon since I can't spot any seeds! If she had black buttons dotting along the pink fabric, it would have been perfect! I like that shade of pink and that shade of green but not together! I guess I'm not the biggest fan of what was considered fashionable at that time because her grey hair is a turn off as well. Sorry, but nay from me! Now, wishing I had bought watermelon at the store for this sudden craving... :)

Margravine Louisa said...

yay - elegant, regal a real queen.

Aileen said...

yay! I love the green.

Ninon said...

Interesting, but still gorgeous!! This is a Yay for me!

Emily J said...

I must say Nay, for the following reasons:

1. Although not a fan of pink, generally I'm not opposed to pink and green together. However, I don't care for those particular shades at all.

2. I'm never in favor of a quilted texture.

3. For some reason, the pink detailing and buttons on the cuffs and along the stomacher (the word escapes me for that particular part of the gown) leave me cold.

Victoria said...

Yay! It does look a little warm to have posed it, but it's lovely.

danni_marie said...

I like the dress itself, but the colors chosen for it, NAY!

broadwaystar166 said...

Yay, love the hair too.

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

Yay - oh so much better than Mary Wilkes! (Though she does look rather, er, fruity...)

Molly M. said...

That would be a very hearty Yay! I am not a fan of pink of any sort and I would totally wear this gown! Stunning!

Wilhelmina Carlotta Johanna Grafin von Marquart said...

I have to say yay! Especially as she has Wilhelmina in her name :)

The Dreamstress said...

Yay, yay, yay, a thousand times yay!

The outfit is the perfect balance of formal sophistication and relaxed comfort. I love that Frederika chose to get painted in the library in clothes that speak to her intelligence and cultured sophistication rather than clothes that merely highlight her beauty and perfect form.

viridian said...

(I am posting this comment before reading all the others)
The first thing I thought of - sorry!- is that the pink was skin from a dissection in progress, the way it is pulled back by those buttons (with curlicues - eww). I recoiled.
So, OUT.
But the green fabric is lovely nad if the cut of the gown and stomacher were different, an in.

fuchsias18thcdress said...

Ooooh! I've never seen this one before!
This is a huge YAY for me! I love the colors, the hood and the front opening!!! Although I must addmit it looks a little strange at first glance and I'm no big fan of checked and plaid patterns... XD

Elisa said...

nay, the pink with green, just too much

Arnella said...

She has a very pretty face, and the dress in itself is great, but the colours... Hmm. I can't help it, but the pink made me think of her as halfway through some kind of surgical procedure. Which of course is a bit confusing, so I'll have to say Nay!

Belle Brocante design said...

Jay cause she's from my country Holland and I am so proud we have a kingdom & Royals!

snickersmom81 said...

Gigantic yay!

Audrey said...

Nay, Nay, Nay!!!! That color of green along with the type of material, plus the bright pink bows make her look like a christmas tree!!!! I would be all for the outfit if the green was substituted for another color!!! The large bows would be adorable if the green was changed. Oh my it almost looks like leather.

Emmeline Cartwright said...

YAY! I want that dress!