Friday, December 25, 2009

Rate the dress: Tissot's 'On the Thames'

This week we move away from pastoral simplicity to pastoral over-the-top-ness.

Tissot is famous for his portrayals of women in decadently feminine confections. Is this model in her 1874 bustle dress, with pannier affect and shortened hemline, fichu, bonnet, and lace mittens, just a little too coy and overdone for a boating trip, or the picture of sartorial elegance for a day on the Thames?


Rate the dress on a scale of 1-10 (and of course, comments, criticisms, and socio-economic gender analysis always welcome!)

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