As an addendum to yesterday's little review of Portland Center Stage's Sweeney Todd, Stephen had this to say on my facebook post:
other thing I didn't mention about Johanna's nice dress [when we were discussing it at intermission] is that it very
closely resembles in color and form that worn by the marquise de
Montebello in Winterhalter's grand portrait of the Empress Eugénie and her dames d'honneur. Coincidence? Good decision, however it was arrived at."
So, to illustrate...
Here, again, is Johanna's dress:
And the Winterhalter piece:
The marquise in question is the one in blue-green in the foreground.
And just for fun [and to show off], since I used this same painting in a Valentine's card for Stephen last year, here's me in the dress: