Monday, September 24, 2012

Name That Dress!

In real life I am anything but a fashion diva (Betty Keira is much closer to one than I am, and she's still time zones apart from anything diva-ish).



I do love to look at the picture galleries that show up on Yahoo after every kind of award show.  That's what I was doing this morning, and I found myself thinking, "Wow, that's a very Veronica dress!"

So, here's the deal.  I'm going to post a boatload of red carpet pictures from last night's Emmy Awards, and you Bettys get to choose which character from the canon would have been most likely to wear it (if only she could have afforded it).  Feel free to add the words: but in pink...

Here goes. (all pictures are from
Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara in a hand-beaded teal Zuhair Murad gown.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Zooey Deschanel in a blue Reem Acra gown.

Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin wearing an orange floral embroidered Monique Lhullier gown.

Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana gown

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Jessica Pare in a white Grecian gown by Jason Wu

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Julianna Margulies in a Giambattista Balli floral print couture gown.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Lucy Liu in a silver metal dress by Versace.

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Emily VanCamp in a gray tulle gown by J. Mendel.

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Sarah Hyland in a champagne Marchesa frock that she helped create.

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Lena Dunham wears a lace Prada gown.

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Morena Baccarin wears (or rather, nearly wears) a deeply plunging grey chiffon gown.
64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Mayim Bialik wearing a burgundy Pamella Roland gown.

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Gretchen Mol in a vintage Valentino Haute Couture gown from the 70s.
64th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Martha Plimpton in a black lace gown.


  1. Betty Barbara here--
    Okay, I'll play your game--
    Dress 1--Oh Veronica!
    Dress 2--Caroline Louisa would wear this one, but only after she's married.
    Dress 3--One of Felicity's cast offs that poor Araminta is forced to wear--with bad results.
    Dress 4--Another Veronica
    Dress 5--Judith Julia might wear this--but in pink
    Dress 6--Another unfortunate cast-off for poor Olivia to wear, or maybe something she made out of a curtain. So sad.
    Dress 7--Oh Veronica--how it glitters--
    Dress 8--Oh lookie, a true Betty heroine dress in gray chiffon. Much better in pink--Henrietta Rebecca would look charming in pink.
    Dress 9--Sweet Mary Jane--just lovely.
    Dress 10--What Harold, the stick in the mud almost fiance, would like out dear Julia to wear.
    Dress 11--Oh Veronica!!
    Dress 12--A very Betty approved dress, but years too old for our dear Olympia.
    Dress 13--what our RDD picks out for his new bride on the Harrods Trip of True Love. The family corals would co-ordinate nicely with this.
    Dress 14--looks like another cast-off from Joyce the spoiled step-sister. Here's hoping Cassandra Celine decides the curtain fabric would make a better dress!!

    1. Oh? You wanted me to pick one dress and match it to a real Betty heroine? Beyond my skill level.....
      Betty Barbara

  2. I love your take on it.

    I found it interesting to note how many of these dresses looked like they had been refashioned from curtains, tablecloths and bedspreads. While I can understand the occasional dress made out of curtains or even tablecloths (I made 3 flower girl dresses for Betty Sherri's wedding out of (new)cream damask tablecloths), I just can't get behind the bedspread. Not at all.

  3. This is difficult.

    I cannot imagine any of the BN females in any of these dresses.

    The Veronicas are just way too flatchested compared to the Veronica-type starlets outfits in the choices above.


    The closest to an Araminta would be the Ginnifer Goodwin look. Perhaps after marriage to her RDD.

    Betty Francesca

  4. It's good to see haute couture isn't necessarily bon(ne) couture. And nobody seems to to know what would suit them either. Not like our Neels heroines.

  5. Zuhair Murad = definite Veronica – the metallic is a give-away
    Reem Acra = post-MOC Araminta, provided we add a bolero jacket and a pearl necklace with sapphire clasp.
    Monique Lhuiller = centuries-old coverlet?
    Dolce & Gabbana = curtain fabric, but Veronica style with those ruffles etc. Or maybe Bertha, wearing an entirely inappropriate cast-off that her Weeping Despot of a step-sister thrust on her.
    Jason Wu = Olivia, trying to shock Percy into paying attention at the hospital ball
    Giambattista Balli = curtains! Araminta didn’t have time to sew sleeves, or maybe couldn’t reach the pelmet that would have yielded fabric enough
    Versace. Veronica Versace, that is.
    J. Mendel = a flattering shade of silver gray for Araminta (though why Betty thinks grey is flattering either to mouse-haired or to copper/ginger/russet-haired women is beyond my ability to fathom), yards and yards of silk chiffon, and if you squint it’s not too cleavage-eye for an unmarried woman.
    Marchesa = unmarried Araminta or Olivia – one of the ones who doesn’t need to help out at home financially – at the hospital ball
    Prada = post-MOC Araminta at the Burgemeester’s reception
    “plunging grey chiffon” = Veronica! needs jangling bracelets
    Pamella Roland =post-MOC Olivia at the Burgemeester’s reception
    Valentino = orange + those shoes is definite Veronica-ville
    black lace = loving but outspoken great aunt at New Year’s