UPDATE: Last week’s Worth of 1875 rated a (drumroll here because it is 5 months late and better be worth it!) 8.5 out of 10. Many of you were madly in love with it, but a few of you thought the colours and trim a bit disjointed, and it lost points for that.
This is my last week of ‘away’ Rate the Dresses where I haven’t had time to look at all your comments from last week. Hopefully I’ve picked a good one!
I’ve been very good and have resisted the urge to show you this as a St Patricks themed post in March, with some dreadful comment about mixing Scotland and Ireland.
Instead I’m showing you this now because…ummm…green is good….plaid is good…Hawai’i is very green…also, it’s interesting (the Rate the Dress, not Hawai’i, though Hawai’i is interesting too).
While tartan is one of the ‘universal’ patterns (like the Meander, or Greek Key) that turns up in almost every culture, rather than the exclusively Scottish design it is sometimes thought of as, this dress, with its tartan over-robe and be-feathered tam o’ shanter (granted, Scotch bonnets probably weren’t called that yet – Burn’s poem having been published only a decade before) inspired hat, was almost certainly meant to evoke a bit of Highland flair.
What do you think of the puffed-sleeve white dress, cross-front over robe of green tartan (what fabric do you suppose the tartan was?) cross and bead necklace (the beads look like carnelian, or coral perhaps), yellow gloves (they were clearly quite the thing for the Regency lady), and distinctive headdress? Does it have flair or failure written all over it (in large green checks).
(also, how many more side notes do you suppose I can squeeze into this post?)
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