Last week I showed you a very embellished (and everything elsed) yellow ballgown from 1889. You were a little confused by the bodice design – and you weren’t the only one. The Met couldn’t decide which was the front and which was the back either. A few of you loved it, but most of you felt that there was just too much embellishment, and too many different kinds of embellishment, and it came in at a rather disappointing 6 out of 10.
This week, since it is the Embellishment challenge on the Historical Sew Fortnightly, I’m going to risk it and post another heavily embellished dress, this one from a decade before the yellow ballgown. Like the ballgown, this afternoon/dinner dress is monocolour and has a variety of different kinds of trim: beading, ruching, buttons, bows, ruffles and pleats, arranged asymmetrically around the dress.
What do you think? Does this frock manage to harmonise all its different embellishments more successfully than last week’s frock? Or is it another example of too much, with too little logic?
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