Renaissance Wine Velvet Fantasy Gown (romanticthreads.com) This dress from the renaissance period caught my eye, the deep wine red colour is so beautiful and contrasts well against the detailed embroidery. This shouts class and elegance. Very beautiful, intricate garment.
This dress represents the femininity that Gene's mother wants her to have. Gene does not wear a lot of dresses, she prefers dressing as a boy. Gene's mother wants her to be the perfect woman to find a suitable husband and to help her family move up from their current social class. The dress represents who Gene's mother wants her to be, "Mother had forced me to wear a horrible confection of a dress, with froths of white lace and a wide pale-pink sash high around my corseted waist" (Lam, 79).