Defense of the Dress – Queen Silvia in Dior

We are mourning the lack of Nobel glitter and glitz this year, since the ceremonies have been cancelled due to the pandemic. We’ll try to bring a little December sparkle into your lives by reviewing past glories. For the next four weeks, we’ll “defend” Queen Silvia’s glittering gowns at the Nobel Ceremony.

Let’s start at the beginning.

The Facts

Queen Silvia’s first Nobel appearance was six months after her wedding and sudden rise to Queen. It’s no surprise she turned to her wedding dress designer, Christian Dior, for her gown. This loosely fitted yellow gown is very seventies, relatively simple and almost bohemian in its design. The low, peasant scoop neck and the ruffled skirt are very much tied to the free spirited casual feel of the decade, although the neckline did allow space for the deployment of the not-so-casual cross necklace. The Queen probably appreciated the looser fit since she was in early days of her pregnancy with Princess Victoria.

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Where do you fall on Silvia in Dior?

The Case for the Dress

The Bag: While I can’t say that I am in love with it from the vantage point of 2020 (it is dated firmly to 1976), for its time, and for a new Queen who needed comfort and sparkle, I think it worked. She did go on to wear better yellow gowns.

LiL: I like it. Like, crazy like it. I need to see Maddie in this, ASAP.

The Case Against the Dress

OC: It just doesn’t seem fancy enough.

The Case of the Meh

LG: It’s pretty, and looks good on Sils, so points in that category; but like OC said, doesn’t seem fancy enough for Nobels.