Last week Fidelo summed up your reaction to the purple, orange and green 1870s frock perfectly: “This should not work. It really should not work at all. The fact that it does is genius.” And because it was genius, you gave it a rating of 9.3 out of 10, which is pretty much as close as we’re ever going to get to perfect!
This week, I’m presenting a very different dress from a very different era, but I feel it has some of the same elements that made last week’s dress so successful: unusual choice of colour or pattern, clever construction, a balance of structure and femininity, and just a wee bit of cheek.
This dress is also a fun one to present, because it’s by Roger Worth, the great-grandson of CF Worth, and one of the last designers of the House of Worth (the last was his brother Maurice). You haven’t much cared for the second and third generations of Worths, but what about the fourth? Did Roger manage to return to his great-grandfather’s greatness?
On a side note, one has to wonder about the Worth family. They are the world’s greatest couturiers, handing down the family tradition from the stately Charles Frederick to the clever Gaston and artistic Jean-Phillipe, followed by the romantic Jean-Charles and the enterprising Jacques, and what does Jacques choose to name his heirs, who must carry on the glamorous tradition of fashion? Roger and Maurice. No wonder the House of Worth shut!
Right, so Roger might not be the most evocative name, but how do his fashions fare? Does his zig-zagged extravaganza dazzle you?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10 (whole or .5 ratings only, I’ll ignore any more specific fractions)