Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We Are Not Amused

I will return to more complete coverage of the Brooklyn Museum fashion exhibit in the next post, but I couldn't resist putting up a picture (taken by my mom) of this 1894 dress that belonged to Queen Victoria and is featured in the show. She wore mourning black for thirty-three years after the 1861 death of her husband Prince Albert and this particular dress she wore for the christening of her great-grandson Prince Edward Albert of York, later King Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. When I saw this dress at the Press Preview I could not get over how tiny Queen Victoria was, she couldn't have been even five feet tall. The next day, when the exhibit was open to the public, I heard a museum-goer say to her friend upon seeing the queen's dress, "She was so dumpy!" Then she held up the infant she carried in her arms and showed the baby the dress too, saying, "See that? That is dumpy!"

Ouch.

Ah Brooklyn, where people are not afraid to say what they think of you, even if you are the Queen of England.

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