Wednesday, 25 March 2009
I have been seeing this horror all over the place. If it were a cheap Halloween costume I'd leave it alone, but in fact it's retailing for as much as $330!
It would be hard to list everything that's wrong with this, but I'll give it a go. The large, standing collar, an Elizabethan feature, should be made with white lace (as shown in late portraits of Elizabeth). The sweetheart neckline is Regency at the earliest, the bows down the front of the bodice are Rococo, and the contrasting waistband is an error. The floofy little cuffs are also a Rococo idea that should begin just below the elbow, be made of the same fabric as the bodice, and have a layer of lace beneath. I've never seen little bows like this down the front of a skirt and it's certainly not Elizabethan. They're faking the look of a split overskirt, exposing an underskirt, by tacking on a line of ruffles. The ruffles at the hem are not period, and there should be a bumroll instead of a skirt that angles to the floor in a perfect cone. And the glittery paisley looks like 1980's brocade.
But most importantly of all, this thing is fucking fugly. They call this a Queen Elizabeth costume, but she never would have worn bright, screaming turquoise.