King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived in Berlin this morning, beginning a three day state visit to Germany.
Queen Máxima wore a sleeveless dress with fabric hand painted by Argentinian artist Pablo Piatti (read this Mode Koninging Maxima post for an excellent explanation from blogger Josine Droogendijk) and a matching headpiece.
From the front, the headpiece looks like a bandeau or calot, however, it is an open circle, tapered around the back to fit the contours of Máxima’s head. Unlike the dress, which was painted after construction to continue the pattern perfectly across seams, the headpiece is made with a base of white silk and appliqued with hand cut sections of the the painted fabric.
It’s a great summer ensemble for the Dutch queen, the hand painted pattern giving interest and movement to the overall look. The scale of the headpiece works well with the dress, its classic lines giving a retro elegance to the ensemble even though it is a thoroughly modern shape! Would a solid colour hat have worked well? Of course, but I do admire that the unique and beautiful hand painted pattern, something we seldom see on a royal ensemble, was utilized and shown off to maximum effect.
Designer: unknown. Dress by Natan, in collaboration with Argentinian artist Pablo Piatti
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new