Last week the usually popular 1910’s wasn’t quite so popular. The collar was compared to an ectoplasm, and the whole thing was deemed disjointed. Despite this, it rated a not-totally-abysmal 5.2 out of 10, mostly because a few of you redesigned the dress in your mind and then rated the redesign! That’s cheating! At least give me a rating before the redesign to work from!
This week I wanted to show you something that would knock your socks off: something of utter gorgeousness that you would all be compelled to rate 10 out of 10. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I come across completely covet-worthy frocks all the time, finding one on demand is difficult.
So I’m showing you something I have had in my ‘rate the dress’ folder for months.
This is Elizabeth Taylor as a spoiled southern belle in 1957’s Raintree County. Turns out Vivien Leigh didn’t have a total monopoly on playing those. In the film she gets to wear a completely over-the-top, pink-and-white, 1950s-does-late-1850s frock, complete with matching parasol and massive hat.
The film clips and still photos show it in two slightly different colours: pale pink or orchid, but whatever shade it was, you still get the idea of utter femininity: the ultimate ruffle and bow covered princess dress. There is even a doll based on it:
Ignoring the doll’s dress (because cheap satin and an inexplicably ostrich-feather covered hat are not going to help the rating!), what do you think of Liz Taylor’s answer to the iconic green picnic dress? Does it capture all the excess and romance of the years just before the war, or is it just a dreadful 1950’s pastiche?
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