Take a look at this portrait of Ada Lovelace:
Artist, I get that you were being artistic with your watercolors, but ugh a dress isn’t that many colors.
(Shower thought – with the purples and black lace, I almost wonder if this was a half-mourning dress? Except gold was definitely not a mourning color, and I can’t find any deaths in her family at the right time to make this a half-mourning dress. But I think I’ll search out a biography to confirm…)
I got swatches from Renaissance Fabrics of all their purple taffetas:
(Another side note – I am a huge fan of Renaissance fabrics. The customer service is so so good. These are fantastic quality taffetas; no slubs at all. I highly recommend this store!)
Thought the hyndrangea would be the one, but it’s a bit dull in real life. Would not look great with gold.
The lavender is also kinda meh, too gray-ish depending on the light. Would also be rather frightful with gold.
I didn’t think I would like the purple ice, but I actually like it best of the three. The shot silk is good – I think that’s the closest I can get to the million colors in the portrait. It’s also not bad with gold.
But, I’m still not in love with it. Something like a purple and red or purple and pink shot silk might be better, but of course I can only find that in dupionis, and not taffeta.
I actually love the colors in this striped silk:
And even though the portrait isn’t striped, having 2 colors is evocative of the bazillion portrait colors. Problem is, I can’t find any evidence for tiny striped silk in the 1830s. Plaids galore, and a few wide stripes, but no narrow stripes.
Anyone know of another good source for taffeta, or evidence for tiny striped silk in 1830s?