WERQ: Florence Welch in Valentino at the American Museum of Natural History Gala

Posted on November 22, 2013

If ever there was a dress she was born to wear, this would be it.



Florence Welch attends the American Museum of Natural History’s 2013 Museum Gala in New York City in Valentino.

Valentino Spring 2014 Collection


Brava, darling. You look like a grand cathedral. That’s a compliment. You WERQ that poise and bearing, girl.






[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto.com, IMAXtree]

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  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I shit you not, I literally just gasped! This is SO perfect for her – this is a WERQ all day long! She looks like a human version of Klimt’s “The Kiss”. I’m in love with this look, y’all. IN LOVE.

    • Beardslee

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw Klimt. And it’s season appropriate!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        It’s perfect for the season, for her coloring, for her style, for the event – I mean, this is knocked out of the ball park in a huge way!

        • Sarah

          THIS. I worship in the Cathedral of Welch. It’s such a werq it transcends werqitude. Holy cow, can you tell I heart this look?

    • ModernDowager

      “Klimt” was the first word that popped into my mind too. Glorious.

    • Claudia

      Totally! I have that print in my front room!

      • ballerinawithagun

        The Kiss is in my studio!

    • Meredith

      And I’m in love with Florence, y’all.

  • Diego!

    AMISH Girl gone to Church! You WERQ it Miss Flo!

    • Clueless_Jock

      Byzantine Empress.

      • Mona_Visa

        Theodora come to life. I like it.

  • Beto

    Yay for her outfit. Nay for her hair style.

    • Linda LaPaz

      See, I think the hair is perfect for the dress!

  • Alexis Boucher

    My first thought when seeing this dress was that she looks like “The Kiss” by Klimt. Very cool.

    • Thank you! I was trying to dredge up the art reference it clearly has. You got it in one.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I thought about Russian religious icons. Klimt got inspiration for his work from them.

        • We’re on the same page, Russian iconography was my other thought about this.

          • Sarah

            Hmm. My fibers major background made me think of those cigar silk quilts. So many references in one dress!

      • Alexis Boucher

        Finally that Humanities minor is paying off!

    • Fordzo

      MTE on the Klimpt, but I was going to say his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.

      • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

        Nailed it! Thank you for paying attention in art history friend!

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes, the Adele is much closer than The Kiss.

    • formerlyAnon

      I went there but got side tracked by medieval(?) dress.

      ETA: correct me historical re-enactment peeps. I’m just a tourist here.

  • NBG

    This is a fantastic pairing of woman and dress. A more sophisticated updo would have made it a WERQ for me but, as it is, it’s not.

    • Celandine1

      I should not have gone back for a third look. That’s when I noticed the Heidi braid. *sigh *

      • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

        Nah, I really think it works here, for her–not everyone.

  • CPK1

    I am loving this. The perfect marriage of wearer and dress. Girl, that is SO your dress! And so much better without the beyond hideous sandals in the runway version

    • ampg

      I love the fact that the runway version is worn by the model version of Florence Welch. It’s styled to look just like her.

  • Jessica Freeman

    WERQ. That’s all.

  • Kayemwhy yo

    Love it. It’s a WERQ for me because it’s her all the way, including the hairdo.

  • xmixiex

    could she knock off the blue steel though?

    • melisaurus

      Not smiling is her thing like K-stew.

      • Is smiling then everyone else’s “thing”? Why does it matter?

        • melisaurus

          It matters because you are commenting on it, Idk? Sometimes people are more than trained monkeys. She tends to look serious on the red carpet. Personally it just bugs because I hate it when people in real life tell me I should smile or cheer up. There are some exceptions when we stop telling the celebrity what to do for our entertainment because that’s who she is.

          • I think we misunderstood each other, I meant why should it matter whether or not she is smiling. I think we are on the same page!

  • Artesian_Belle

    Joan of Art!

  • Shannon Beamer

    “You look like a grand cathedral.” HAHA. Only you, Uncles, only you.

  • MilaXX

    It’s actually a pretty dress and I like her choice of red for the bag. Never been a fan of that hair, but that’s her current style and it works with the hair.

    • kimmeister

      I liked the color choice for the clutch as well.

  • quiltrx

    YAY!!! She looks incredible–indeed, the perfect dress for her.

  • SewingSiren

    As a strong proponent of long sleeve gowns, fabrics with body, embroidered jewels, and hair braids, I obviously love it.

    • AmeliaEve

      Mayim Bialik take note: Modest need not mean frumpy.

      • Celandine1

        AMEN sister

  • tallgirl1204

    That fabric… to only touch it and look at it up close… so much work in that.

  • insertclevername_ici

    Serving up joan of arc realness

  • Surely a WERQ. And I am reeling at the technical aspect of this dress. The amount of utterly perfect applique work is awe inspiring. Thank you, Couture!

    • Kathy

      What a relief this is after some of the travesties we’ve seen recently.

  • cmb92191

    Yay. Wonderful- although I still see early David Bowie in her face. Is it her eyebrows?

    • marlie

      I see Chloe Sevigny.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh my god. The REFERENCES in that dress! Somebody managed to go back several centuries and take things from men’s and women’s attire and wrap it all up in what ought to be an overwrought mess but is, in fact, a column of Welchian perfection. The only disappointment is that the event was not held at the Cloisters.

    Ahem. I will breathe now. Also, that ring on her hand is fabulous and she is fabulous for knowing not to put any other rings on that hand.

  • DTLAFamilies

    She looks incredible. However, how many seasons has Valentino been doing this silhouette? That’s the only problem I have with this look–it seems a little stale after seeing a parade of starlets doing the high neck dress (though none as well as Flo, it’s true)

  • jilly_d

    Serving up Catelyn Stark realness. We’ve missed you, Flo!

  • PeggyOC

    Not just perfect for her, but a dress that would have looked stupid on the vast majority of the rest of the world. Now that’s a WERQ.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh lord. I just noticed the pointy silver metallic toes peeping out. Like a crusader’s tomb effigy with the pointy armored feet. This girl delivers.

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  • CarrieBaby

    Love it!! Only Florence could wear this and pull it off

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I would love to own a shorter version of this

  • Jaeda Laurez

    That dress is so beautifully detailed- WERQ. And she’s the one to wear it, for sure. Her “fashion face” makes her look older than she is though- I’ve seen her smile; it’s much more attractive. .

  • formerlyAnon

    Also: Thank-you T & Lo. Perfect timing to strengthen me for a tediously trying day that I have some nerve complaining about when it could be so much worse but god I really don’t wanna. I am now armored with the reminder that the highly skilled execution of fabulous is out there.

    • decormaven

      Yes, the banner may be tattered a bit, but it’s still held high. Viva, fabulous!

  • anotherkate

    She is wearing the hell out of that dress, and I don’t mind the braid, but I have NEVER liked her makeup.

  • marlie

    Oh, Flo, how I’ve missed you. And I don’t really love the dress, but it seriously comes to life on Flo.

    • ashtangajunkie

      Yes! I hadn’t noticed it until these photos, but there is a definite resemblance.

  • Stunning! I love that dress, and it is perfect with her coloring and hair.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Only Florence Welch could WERQ this dress. I love this look.

  • LaSylphide

    Beautiful. And i luuurv that braid around the head style. Old fashioned, but perfect with that dress.

  • French_Swede

    Her hair looks like that of a milkmaid ~ I’d have done something different, more regal. Otherwise. WOW!

  • She’s the Regal Queen of Autumn. I love it. Let’s listen to Flo and the Machine all day.

  • crash1212

    Gorgeous dress deployed on a gorgeous woman, gorgeously. WERQ indeed.

  • alyce1213

    That dress is a design wonder and she looks perfect in it. Everything’s right — style, fit, length (can see shoes!), color. Even the accessories — rings and clutch — are well chosen.

  • MoHub

    This gave me the feel of Byzantine mosaics. Flo is the new Empress Theodora.

    • Shawn EH

      Beat me to it!

      • MoHub

        Great, educated minds think alike, I guess!

        • Shawn EH

          Totally an art history moment!

  • Tamara Hogan

    She looks AWE to the SOME.

  • Well done, flo.

  • tereliz

    This entire Valentino collection felt very “Welchy” to me. This dress is just stunning on her. I just wish she’d gone more elegant on the hair and less Heidi.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Seems made for her.

  • Rebecca Harvey

    severe Byzantine headmistress seems to be her look

  • Eva_baby

    Honestly, i think this dress is too wonderful for her.

  • Greg

    She is giving excellent Resting Bitch Face. I’m jealous.

  • Lilak

    Oooooh nice: This is indeed “almost literally” (as they say) the Platonic Ideal of FloW.
    Kind of a shame about the bad mood affect – but I guess that’s her carpet trademark, too.

    • Qitkat

      I think that’s why I can never warm up to her. No matter what she is wearing, she has this bad mood face that never changes, on the red carpet, at least, and it turns me off. And I agree with most, that is an amazing dress.

  • When is this woman releasing more music for me to purchase and scream along to in my automobile? Luv huh, so much, and she finally found the Maximalist dress that is hers alone. I’m going to print her out and paste her to my wall and perform devotionals to St. Florence nightly.

  • lesmaha

    That dress should be retired–I can’t imagine anyone else wearing it.

  • PeaceBang

    My sweet fancy Jesus, it has taken me a full minute to catch my breath. Adjectives do not suffice. For me, this transcends WERK and goes right into religious ecstasy territory. Thank God the non-divine make-up tethers me to reality.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Icon wearing a dress from an icon, taken right off the wall at St. Vladimir and Florence Cathedral, the wooden one from the 17th century, just before the church schism when the Russians got burny.

  • AmeliaEve

    Pre-Raphaelite steampunk elegance.

  • Sally Spannagle

    She looks great, but haven’t we seen this look from her before? All covered up in a pattern with braids on her head? Yawn.

  • Amanda Welliver

    What is gained by not lining the skirt?

    • Shawn EH


      • Amanda Welliver

        It is a great view of the granny panties…

    • willworktomorrow

      I think it gains lightness. If it was lined, I think the whole thing might look heavy.

  • Not applicable

    does anyone else think it’s time that the fraulein hair go back to the Alps where it belongs??

    • Imasewsure

      I think it’s ok here but definitely do not want to see it again on anyone over the age of 5

      • Not applicable

        this look has been around WAY longer than I expected… the braids lopped over the head, the bangs. I thought it was just meant to be ironic at first, but it won’t go away!

    • Qitkat

      My favorite pictures of my mom, ever, are from the Forties when she wore her long hair wrapped in braids around her head, no bangs. My only regret is that I don’t remember her that way.
      So I actually love this hairdo on Florence, it’s my favorite part of the look. Although that’s a striking medieval looking gown.

  • ThesisMonkey

    So gorgeous on her. I don’t love the braids here, but I hardly noticed them over the rest. Perfect poise, hands just so. Agree with the kittens – she looks like a painting come to life.

  • Shawn EH

    She’s a Byzantine Queen. What was it Dave Hemmings said to Vanessa Redgrave in Blowup, that she knows how to stand and sit, something most models never learn?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    So much craftsmanship went into this dress that it looks both heavy and airy at the same time. Love all the interesting shapes that are pieced together here and she looks great too.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Joan of Arc goes to the ball, rather than the bonfire. Kudoes

  • Jessica Wyatt

    I want to put her on top of a Christmas Tree. She looks amazing!

  • Kathy

    What a dramatic look, and she reminds me of a young Vanessa Redgrave.

  • webslice33

    she’s not from this era..she’s from the 1600s…

  • mlle

    That dress is magnificent. I covet her rings.

  • Aidan B

    Perfection. I have not a damn thing else to say.

  • judybrowni

    Oh, honey. Do NOT return that dress to the designer.

    Pretend you lost it, or even pay for the damn thing and wear it everywhere!

  • Akemi


  • Balletomane

    I think she’s been taking posing tips from her bestie, Blake Lively. Her posture and angles are so similar. But, she looks awesome!

  • Trickytrisha

    Valentino just hit god-like status in my opinion, and this glorious woman is wearing the shit out of that dress. She’s stunning, face, hair and styling are amazing. The details on the dress are rich and superbly placed. Bravo and brava, to everyone concerned.

    ps – she could use more upper lip, but that’s a nitpick.

  • Kate4queen

    beautiful. 🙂

  • Nicole Little


  • Richard Harper

    Brilliant. Completely WERQed.

  • Linda LaPaz


  • Jennifer McGuire

    The workmanship on that dress is STUNNING.

  • Lilithcat

    Fabulous! Just don’t get in the way of those laser-beam eyes!

  • Diesel von Trapp

    Pure Moods, in dress form.

  • ohayayay

    She and the Sev should play siblings in something.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Florence Welch=my spirit animal. “Kiss with a Fist” was seriously my song of the day so this is PERFECT. Thank you TLO,

  • calimon

    I still think she looks like Vanessa Redgrave of Camelot (1967) reincarnate. This dress is not helping matters.

  • bellafigura1

    Love love love. A great example of how one detail — the oxblood clutch — just takes the whole thing to the next level.

  • skitten

    The thing that keeps this from being a WERQ for me is how tight this. You can tell the arm holes are cut too high and the bodice is too restrictive by the way the beautiful fabric is puckering at the corners of her chest. Her girls need to breath! It is literally breathtaking (for me and for her) but in the end poorly fitted.

    • Gatto Nero

      Does look a bit tight around the bust. The girls seems squashed.

  • CatherineRhodes

    WOW! She looks amazing! Love that Valentino collection.

  • Lilyana_F

    Now that’s a perfect dress for her! WERQ!

  • Gatto Nero

    Elegant perfection from hair to shoes.

  • ballerinawithagun

    On New York Social Diary there is a photo of her twirling!!! It is divine!