Sunday, December 26, 2010

Yay or Nay? Comtesse de Beaufort

Who could argue with a purple dress?  Not I for sure, and barely anyone questioned Princess Victoire's choice of dress, earning her a Yay.  All this talk of winter and snow puts me in a mood for a more timely ensemble. 


Louis Michel van Loo paints the Comtesse de Beaufort (ca.1760) in iridescent white and royal blue.  Yay or Nay?

[Cornell Fine Arts Museum]

18 comments:

heidenkind said...

I say yay. I love the velvet cape (or overwrap?), and I think she looks very elegant. I shudder to think that her waist is actually cinched as small as it looks, though.

Rebecca said...

I don't like it. I don't know why, but...Nay

Anne Boleyn said...

Very 'Virgin Mary', a little simple but overall a nice look so I say Yay.

Emma said...

Yay most definately! It's absolutely stunning!

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

Yay! The colour combination is very nice and the overall ensemble is not too busy.

Julia Coenobita said...

Wow, she's so pretty and so is her outfit!

I say Yea!

Diane said...

Yay! The effect of that open jacket with her narrow white bodice underneath is very come hither. ;)

Fabulastic said...

Yay!

But I got a little puzzled... Was she a Bourbon? If she was not it would be rather unpolished to wear that dress in white and blue...

DG said...

Yay! Simply lovely. This proves you don't need a mountain of lace and a towering wig to look fashionable and luxurious.

Lady Webster said...

Stunning and elegant...a resounding Yay!

Jillian said...

Her sleeves look so big and loose, I think they'd drive me crazy, so...nay. The dress is all right, but not great.

Cherylynn said...

meh.....lovely colour blue...but...she looks like she is half dressed. (needs more lace;-) Sorry, Nay

nightsmusic said...

Makes me want to wear it.

(not all the white powder though!)

YAY!

Amirak101 said...

yay for the simple elegance but nay for the painter drawing her waist smaller than is humanly possible and thus making her a bubblehead.

Audrey said...

Yay! I love how the hard structure of the bodice is countered with the flow of the jacket. Its Beautiful, as well as the blue!

Anonymous said...

Yay for the dress- love the blue wrap. Nay for the waist. Was she photoshopped? Did she have 4 ribs removed? Can we feed her?

Can't See Sheep said...

Yay, simple, understated elegance. The waist however is on the disturbing side.

BadCat said...

I love it. Very rich, flowing and looks easy to wear. The waist in the painting is tiny, and at first glance I automatically thought "stomacher". Either way, Yay. I'd wear it.