Sunday, April 3, 2011

Yay or Nay Lady Charlotte FitzGerald

It appears as though everyone is still suffering from Turkish fever!  Madame Elisabeth came out with a Yay despite many comments on how she was sitting.  This week we will finally move away from Turkey and move forward with a dress that looks back on the past.


John Hoppner paints Charlotte, Baroness de Ros of Helmsley in an empire-waist, Van Dyck dress of blueish-grey.  Yay or Nay?

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21 comments:

  1. I say yay. I like the colors and collar, although the sleeves look a bit off.

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  2. She looks like a kid playing dress-up. It's too small and too big for her, all at the same time. And the color??? No.

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  3. Weirdly, I rather like the whole thing. I like the collar especially. And the color. And her pink little cheeks.

    But I am in an unusually mellow mood, what with two viewings of Jane Eyre in as many days. Just about everything is getting two thumbs up from me right about now.

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  4. nay, its not flattering at all!

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  5. I love, love, love the hair, the collar is all right, too, and I like the sea green details - but: That 1630ish cut is unflattering, and particularly the long front tab ruins it for me.

    Nay!

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  6. If it weren't for those AWFUL sleeves, I would say yay. But since they are there, ughh! I'll have to say NAY!

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  7. I say nay.

    The grey is muddy and she looks muddy in it. Muddy and in dire need of a visit to McDonalds for a Happy Meal

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  8. Apart from her cheeks, the whole picture looks muddy and gloomy. I wonder if this lady is perhaps haunting some country manor somewhere. On a fashion note too, an empire waist just does not work with a poufy skirt. Either wear a natural waist or a long straight skirt. Nay from me. And I think even once I've had my coffee I'll still feel that way!

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  9. This one is a nay for me. I think her upper torso looks too tiny, her sleeves too huge, and the skirt is so full it looks like she might be trying to attract the attention of a certain Sir Mix-a-Lot.

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  10. Once again, she looks monochromatic. If it wasn't for her cheeks and the sash/bow (which oddly enough, matches the blue in the sky behind her) she could be a solid gray and just disappear in this.

    Whatever happened to color?

    Nay.

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  11. The color may be because she is in mourning. I rather like it, so I'll buck the trend and say yay.

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  12. Katherine LouiseApril 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    I must be with the loyal opposition on this and say Yay. I live the shimmering pewter grey, the exquisite lace collar & cuffs.

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  13. Gray's not her color, and the dress makes her waist look much wider than it probably is. The ribbon is a nice touch, and she has a pretty face, but the whole things is still really unflattering. Nay.

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  14. Urgh! That's horrible! It's just too dull for my tastes.
    NAY!

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  15. Normally, I'm a sucker for an empire waist. But to me, this just looks sloppy, like she dressed from the floor. Not good.

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  16. You know...yay! At first glance, it was a definite nay, but it's really grown on me.

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  17. Was she preggers or something? Is that reason for the puffy skirt? Regardless, the dress itself is meh but with her complexion, it just drains any sort of life out of her. Nay.

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  18. Nay, lovely & ineresting colours on their own, but hair, skin, dress all so close in tonality, looks muddy, bland & washed out. It's like all the life has been sucked out of this portrait.

    I also agree with heidenkind's post above.

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  19. Er can we just blame this on the artists poor inventory of colors for the paint, p'raps there was an apprentice shortage for the vital procurement of pigments?

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