Last week the first half dozen of you to rate Heather’s dress were madly in love with it. I thought we might have a perfect score! And then the dissenters arrived. One of you even flat out hated the design, colour, and cut. And a few more of you didn’t hate it, but thought it was blah, and that the bodice cut was frumpy. So balancing out those who loved, loved, loved it, those of you who were blah about it, and the one who hated it, the lavender outfit rated a solid 8. I guess most of you did like it!
This week, it’s wedding dress week, so what do I have for you to rate? A wedding dress of course!
This dress dates to the 1890s, a period by which most of the traditions that we have about wedding dresses had already ingrained themselves in the cultural psyche. Brides wore white, with veils, and carried roses for love, orange blossoms for purity, and myrtle for domestic bliss.
Some things were very different from today’s wedding dresses though: weddings usually took place in the day, and wedding dresses, rather than looking live evening gowns, looked like fashionable day dresses, only in white.
Which brings us to today’s dress. The Bowes Museum says it dates to 1880, but we know better.
It’s white silk satin, it has a train, and lace, and pleating, and poofy sleeves, and a little bolero effect, and embroidery. Which could describe a modern wedding dress.
But it doesn’t look much like most modern dresses – it’s so…prim. That’s the 1890s showing through.
What do you think? Better or worse than a modern dress? Any chance you would wear it for your wedding? How do you like it as an example of 1890s fashion? As an example of a wedding dress?
Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10