Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yay or Nay? Madame Elisabeth

"My hairdresser said everything this year is going to be Turkish." Was Madame Cavalieri right when she proclaimed that? According to our panel, she most certainly was; Princess Louise received a Yay for her eastern attire.  She wasn't the only princess who had Turkish fever! But which is better Turkish authenticity or inspiration?


Adélaïde Labille-Guiard paints Madame Elisabeth of France (1788) in a gown à la Turc. Yay or Nay?

 [Private Collection]

19 comments:

  1. Definitely a "Yay", the whole ensemble looks so classy, and put together, without being over-the-top. I especially love how the skirt is silvery, a common shade in this era, without being boring. I think my favorite part might be the bodice though, high-waisted, as if foretelling the fashions of a couple of decades more, yet managing to look really beautiful, and not frumpy or awkward.

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  2. I want to give it a yay for the awesome hat and the prettiness of the skirt and the sleeves, but the entire bodice of the gown is so ugly and unflattering that I have to give it a nay.

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  3. Yay yay yay,she is absolutely gorgeous,her gown,her hair,the backround and she is also very beautiful,yay:P

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  4. There is a lot of poof... but I still like it! Yay.

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  6. Definitely YAY! I love it. :D

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  7. Ok, well for me, I think this is the one particular fashion trend I am not crazy about..so I definite Nay for me. The only things I do like are the color of the fabric and its shine. I also find the hat gorgeous. Thanks!

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  8. @Kat, It's actually from the movie Amadeus, so I'm afraid I was a little misleading. Sorry about that!

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  9. Hmmm. Tough one. I LOVE the hat but there's just a little too much funky business going on with that bodice, so nope, it's not for me. Nay, it is.

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  10. I hate the hat! Everything else is okay, I guess.

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  11. YAY! The gown is wonderful! although i am not fond of the hat ^^;

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  12. I say yay...but could she have not sat a little more lady like? It must have been scandalous in those days!

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  13. Too fussy for me, I say Nay. And I'm so distracted by the way she is sitting--what kind of a lady sits with her legs apart like a man! Ooo--we could start a scandalous rumor . . .

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  14. Ok, first I must say that is my most favorite line and part from the movie! My boyfriend and i have a running gag where I'll ramdomly say "It's Turkish" in that really high voice and flipping my arm up, pretending to play with the feather in my hat, and he will reply " and, what else did your hairdresser tell you?" In a sinister voice! Lol
    Sometimes we end up re- enacting the whole scene!! Lol

    Anywho, about the dress, lol

    I think its its a little to much frill around the neck line for my taste. Never really cared for the "peasant style" during that time. I much prefer a robe a l'anglaise or even the simpler styles of the directoire or regency. But this was just a weird transition style.
    Things i like about it though are the colors and her hat and hairdo are perfect. But you cant judge an outfit based on the accessories alone, so i have to say nay, unfortunately, but i like the portrait it's self. And Madame Elisabeth usually looked good. She had nice features.

    Ok im done with my long post now!

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  15. I think I like it. If she would only get up and twirl around then maybe I could say for sure. It's borderline too foofy for me but maybe it's just the hat that is overwhelming. Do I sound ambivalent? I guess I am. A feeble Yay from me then.

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