Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yay or Nay? Jekaterina Samoilova

Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff pleased everyone last week with her saucy outfit and ability not to get pheasant guts on it (thank you Paul)!  The panel gave her a nice big Yay.  This week our gown in question will take us from country walks to nights at the Panthon.


Jan Baptysta Lampi paints Jekaterina Samojłowa (1794) in her mixed up (and poofy) masquerade garb.  Yay or Nay?

29 comments:

Laura said...

I like the headdress, the colors and the roses. The poufy silhouette isn't likely to be very flattering, however.

Jessie said...

I'd say yay but the headdress lets it down

Pauline said...

Gallumph... It's like an episode of "Deadliest Warrior" (it can't make up it's mind). I understand it's a costume but then why have yourself painted that way? Honestly. Nay.

Ninon said...

Yay! Absolutely gorgeous!!

The Duchess said...

Nay!
The fabric if poofing out in all the wrong places. The headress really does let it down. She also lookes really bad. Too bad, on the Itouch or any other small screen she actually looks pretty.
Like I said, it's a nay.

nightsmusic said...

Love the colors, the fabrics, I even like the headdress. However, the HUGE poufs around the skirt look like she's stuffed her pockets with watermelons and that's a big UGH.

So sorry, but nay.

Camille said...

YAY ! I love it =)

Cherylynn said...

meh. Love the colours, the rose and her face. As for the outfit, looks like she wrapped herself in the drapes. ("I saw it in the window and I just couldn't resist it...")I'd have to say Nay.

Victoria said...

I'm gonna have to go "nay" on this one.

GentlewomanThief said...

Hmm... she does rather look like she's smuggling something beneath those petticoats! A 'nay' as big and fat as those silly poufs!

Sunny @ the Library said...

I'm not sure why anyone would want to look like they have a hiney on the side?

So, that would be a nay!

Vic said...

She looks like she has two tumors on her hip. Nay

Lauren said...

yay, looks like something for a private stage to me...

balsamfir said...

Lovely painting, lovely woman and yay for the outfit. Its a masquerade, and the narrow waist balances the poofy thing for me.

Miss Honnete said...

I love her headdress, it looks like a turban it reminds me of "The Abduction from the Harem" one of Mozart's Operas. It was first performed in Vienna in 1794. There was said Turkish was the Fashion around those years. Do you think this had any influence in this lady's outfit?

Miss Honnete said...

I meant 1782, sorry that was the time of the opera's premiere ... my bad

Kristien said...

I love the look of the fabric & the colors. . Its a 'yay' from me!

Katinka said...

The poufs are a bit much for me too, but I think the costume was painted at a bad angle. It looks like it would likely be more attractive from the front. So, yay.

Hester said...

Can she fit through the door with those poufs? I don't think so, and it looks like she is hiding something under the poufs, like liqueur. A Nay this time.

Hester said...

Can she fit through the door with those poufs? I don't think so, and it looks like she is hiding something under the poufs, like liqueur. A Nay this time.

The Dreamstress said...

What the heck is she supposed to be? Turkish ballerina dressed as a princess disguised as a shepherdess for some obscure ballet? The colours are wonderful, Yekaterina is gorgeous, but everything else is confused and unflattering.

The fabric has so much possibility, it's such a pity the construction is so...odd. I bet a good costumer could rip the outfit apart and put it back together in just a few minutes to make a fabulous creation, just like all those scenes in Cinderella and My Big Fat Greek Wedding!

Laura said...

It's a yay for me; the soft colour palletet is gorgeous :)

Katya said...

Absolutely Yay!!!
Yesterday I started new book "Russian Ball in XVIII-XX", very interesting fact that during XVIII masquerade balls were given by the monarch twice a week. For all royalty and nobility it was unpleasant freevolity like drinkiing coffee in the morning, it was an order given by Peter the Great.

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

Yay on the colours and model but a resounding nay on everything else. I think the headdress would work on its own but in combination with the rest it's an awfully confused mess. Her poufy skirts give the impression that either her breasts have really migrated down her body or she was anticipating the Prohibition by over two centuries. Nay.

Alisa said...

I think the poufs of the skirts are in odd places The shawl makes that even more unflattering, because without it the poufs could at least have emphasized her waist. The lacing in front is more of a European shepherdess thing, the headdress obviously Turkish. Nay from me.

Amanda Vickery discusses the 18th century usage of "taste" in her book "Behind closed doors". She shows a caricature with a Georgian villa with some palladian, some gothic and chinese elements as a prime example of a lack of taste. That's what that dress reminds me of.

Margravine Louisa said...

a sad naaaaaaay this time - too confusing - identity crisis?
most unfortunate.

Fabulastic said...

I just adore a big pouf! So it is a Yay!

Audrey said...

nay. I dont get the pouf, it looks awkward. The headdress is okay, though i am not a fan. I like the color combination, and the bodice looks nice. But i just dont undertstand the pouf, ans the pros dont make up for the cons.

Aileen said...

yay. very poofy, but it looks like a fun masquerade costume