There was a whole range of opinions on Margaret’s pink cloak over fur surcoat with blue skirt over gold frock while holding red book against red and dark blue checked curtain, ranging from “elegant and royal” to “meh” to “great big pink curtain” (with Mrs C then suggesting that I should make it out of some pink curtains in her stash) to “very sexy medieval surcoat”. Mostly though you thought there were a lot of colours (this could be good or bad) and that it was a pity the cloak hid so much. With everything going on Margaret came in at a respectable 7.1 out of 10
This week, I’ve gone for less colours, though there is still lots going on, and no wraps to hide the dress details.
This week’s Rate the Dress theme is ‘All the Challenges‘. I don’t see this yellow (what shade depends on which photo you believe) evening dress from the Metropolitan Museum of Art having much to do with peasants or the seaside (unless, perhaps it was worn to a ball at a seaside resort), but all the other challenge are covered!
It features stripes, flora in the form of the roses on the skirt and the corsage on the shoulder (and a corsage is essentially an accessory), fauna in the butterflies on the skirt hem and the echo of butterflies bodice decorations, plus pretty much every possible form of embellishment – lace, beading, ribbon, ruching, ribbon embroidery, bows, flowers! If you really want to stretch it, in some photos the sash is rather like a swiss waist, and corset inspired, like undergarments on the outside (OK, I’m stretching it!).
What do you think? Is the dress inventive and elegant, Victorian whimsy and maximalism at its best, or is it, well, just trying to do a little too much?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10