I had anticipated that last week’s leopard-print suit would elicit a variety of responses, and I was not disappointed. A few of you were utterly horrified, many of you were thoroughly delighted, and some of you belonged to the camp, best expressed by Melissa, that while the outfit was the “18th century equivalent of metallic platforms, it is fabulous anyway.” Thanks to the less impressed, the rating came down to 7.7 out of 10 – pretty good for a guy in a leopard print suit!
Since we looked at fauna last week, let’s rate a flora themed frock this week. If you want flowers, I do believe this 1902 evening gown by Jean-Phillipe Worth fits the bill perfectly:
The dress is a walking flower garden and a froth of femininity, with lace and diamantes and satin bows and flower garden chiné silk which is appliqued to the lace.
The romantic flower garden theme and delicate femininity of the dress are further emphasized by the soft pastel colours, and the blurred soft focus of the chiné silk.
The intriguing layout of the floral pattern, with distinct areas of unpatterned space, and a strong overall pattern, is very characteristic of late 19th century and early 20th century Worth textiles. It’s slightly unexpected and challenging and provides a bit of tension to counterbalance the overwhelming sweetness of the frock, but could also be considered a bit awkward and clunky at certain angles.
What do you think? Is the dress too frilly and saccharine for your taste, or is this the way to do über-feminine in the Belle Epoque?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.