I'm heading up to Oregon with my partner tomorrow for a week of fun, and visits with family. I will be doing my best to stay on top of things here and on facebook, but a couple of places we will be will have, shall we say, spotty internet coverage. So things may be more broadly spaced than usual.
Okay so that's out of the way. Let's dive into this week's Scatter, shall we?
This is the Infanta Isabella of Spain, who became Queen of Spain for a fairly short and tumultuous reign, only to abdicate, and spend the rest of her days in exile in France. Her dress is of the 1860s, at the point of the crinoline's greatest dimensions. Her gown possesses a rather heroically long court train, which she has draped over her arm, (a surprisingly casual addition considering its a royal portrait). Even without the train this would be a garment for a person of vast wealth. The inclusion of so many dozens of yards of hand made lace alone would attest to that. This is in many ways a classic example of the middle road of style during that time. The dress is actually quite conservative in its design. No garish colors, no bold decorations. The bodice is modestly high in front, and dips to the sides to show the shoulders.
Well, that rounds out this week's dozen, so get thee up, get thee out, and enjoy thyself!