Sunday, January 9, 2011

Yay or Nay? Maria Luisa of Parma

Our fashion-experts have a taste for the exotic and like the narrow waist Mary Wortley Montagu sported before the Great Revolution which put Empire gowns into style, earning her a Yay.  Style and comfort is always a winning combination with me! However, comfort might be out of the picture for this week we are traveling back to Spain where grand fashions tend to always have sitters painted in discomfort.


Mariano Salvador Maella paints Maria Luisa of Parma (circa 1780) in a blue and white day gown and large chandelier earrings.  Yay or Nay?

[Bank of Spain]

16 comments:

Vic said...

I think 3/4 sleeves are so attractive, don't you? And there is something arresting about a person with gray hair and a young face. Yeah.

Gaylon said...

Nay. The big, blue bow in the front is atrocious and overwhelming. It distracts from her face. I think this gown has way too many embellishments although I love the choice in color and her pouf.

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

I think that if it involved many more colours it would be too much, but with primarily the two it's very nice. Yay!

Cherylynn said...

Love the colour! and apart from the bow, love the dress as well. However if she truly was as jammed into it as it looks, no wonder that's the best she can muster up for a smile. So, a nay because my overwhelming concern for her comfort.

Madame Hamilton said...

I love it! Its a definite YAY from me. The colour and the detail is delicious and I especially love the hat. Its so elegant and unusual.

Jael said...

Yay! I'll forgive that bow because the embroidery looks to die for!!!

Julia Coenobita said...

She's really pretty!
Yea!

Rebecca said...

...That had got to be the ugliest gown i have ever seen.
A massive nay for me!

Anne Boleyn said...

Nay! That headdress looks like the left overs from a pre school craft box.

Emma said...

Yay! The dress is lovely. I have always wondered though why the subjects in Spanish paintings always seem so rigid and stiff, because it's not simply a trait of one period of Spanish history or one painter, but expands over a few centuries and multiple artists.

Malena of Royal Women said...

I actually like thw big, blue bow. It spikes up her dress in a good way, so I give her a YAY!

DC said...

Yay, although her discomfort is her lookout.

Exal said...

YAY !! i must say maria luisa of parma was a queen with sense of style ;)

killbunniesdead said...

Woah Nelly! That's a nay for me. The ruffles make the dress look cheap, at least to me. Because I think we all know how expensive a dress like that can be. And the bow just won't let me look anywhere else, its too big.

Aileen said...

yay. She looks almost comfortable for a woman in Spanish clothes, and I love those colors.

Laura said...

I agree with Emma - the Spanish ladies always look very stiff and uncomfortable - why is that?

Otherwise, a yay from me! I love the colors and I think the dress is very pretty.