Last week Sophie of Hanover met with general approval, though a few of you thought her outfit was too much, and garish, and a number of you commented on the high shift, or that it was the same colour as her skin. Actually, there have been a lot of comments about frocks being the same colour as skin in recent ‘Rate the Dresses’, and I think it’s an interesting illustration of the way standards and tastes change. Historically, being the same shade as your white shift or white gown would have been considered a good thing (untanned skin indicating you didn’t have to work in the sun). Today, not so much. Anyway, pasty skin or paste jewels or not, Sophie came in at 8.1 out of 10. What a pretty princess!
This fortnight’s theme on the Historical Sew Fortnightly is ‘Lace & Lacings.’ One of my favourite kinds of lace is metal lace: it’s so unexpected, and such an interesting combination of the delicate aesthetic of lace with the durability of metal. My wedding veil was a piece of antique 1910s metal lace.
This frock is an excellent example of the popularity of metal lace in the 1920s, and also references the vogue for Orientalism with motifs borrowed from Chinese textiles and art.
What do you think? Do you like the plunging neckline, and the irregular hem? Do the subtle colours balance the abundance of ornamentation?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10