Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yay or Nay? William Wollaston

The Yay streak continues! Maria Luisa of Parma managed to come out with a Yay despite the naysayers. But before we overdose on bows and flounce it might be a good idea and switch gears for some clean cuts of menswear.


Thomas Gainsborough paints William Wollaston (1759) void of color.  Yay or Nay?

16 comments:

  1. I think he looks striking and very fashion forward for the era in regards to the simplicity of his dress. Yay!

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  2. Big yay! And thankee for being a dude, William. (Can you tell I'm a little tired of the corsett set?)

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  3. Big, big yay. I love the way the white coat with the black collar frames that sleek waistcoat and (best of all) tight breeches...You don't have his number do you?

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  4. Once again i have to say nay. his outfit is just...plain. like plain is good but this is just TOO plain for my tastes.

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  5. Void of colour indeed. Portrait of the vampire?

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  6. YAY! Trés Chanel avant-la-lettre...

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  7. Nay. He's trying too hard, and the outfit looks stiff and widens his middle unnecessarily.

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  8. Nay! The coat looks like it was cut for someone much larger, and the colors (or lack thereof) just wash him out.

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  9. Nay- lack of color makes him look anemic and the cut of the coat makes his head look small.

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  10. Much and all as I love the over the top fashions of the women of this era, I have never been able to warm up too much to the fussiness of the men's attire. This is a nice compromise. Very stylish, and masculine, so a big Yay from me.

    Plus, he has great eyebrows.

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  11. Yay and how! Not only is it a striking outfit, it accentuates his tall, athletic build fabulously.

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  12. MMm YAY. I like how the white coat sets off the stark black breeches (and his looooong legs) and waistcoat (I think teh coat and the waistcoat are both military style?). In general, what a fine figure of a man.

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  13. Where the shoulders, didn't they pad themselves outrageously in those days? I would expect a discrete little shoulder pad would do wonders for the man and clean up the unibrow. Retro

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  14. I say nay. The jacket makes his butt look huge--a problem I have as well.

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  15. @RetroBlog: Quite the contratry! Big shoulders were a no-no for men, and shoulders were never ever padded in the 18th century! At least not in the 20th century sense.
    Slim shoulders, a slim back and a slightly round belly were the fashion for the male figure. They rather padded out the hollow under the shoulder/over the chest to increase the roundness - like one big curve from the slim shoulders to the chubby belly, emphasized by the curved away cut of the frock.

    They did pad their calves, however. :-)

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  16. I say nay. The coat looks much too big for him, which makes his waist seem to inflate and his head to shrink. Hardly flattering.

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