Last week you found our unknown Spanish beauty’s stripey separates pleasant, but not inspiring, garnering the ensemble a rating of 7.3 out of 10, which was pretty much exactly what most of you rated it individually anyway. The real interest from the Rate the Dress came in the discussions: how were her sleeves cut (very snuggly, with a curve!), was the black lace a particularly Spanish affectation, and most intriguingly, did she have a slight mustache, and if so, what did that mean about 18th century standards of beauty, that the artist had taken the care to paint it in, and our modern standards, that we noticed it as being particularly unusual?
This week’s Rate the Dress comes to you not because it particularly makes sense or inspires me, but just because I’m exhausted and super busy, and I drafted this post up a year and a bit ago, and it sort-of fits the ‘Robes and Robings’ theme.
The late teens and early 1920s saw a brief fad for 18th century inspired fashion, most notably the robe de style, supported by panniers. Lucile’s version of the robe de style is replete with 18th century references: the square, open front bodice, the sleeve ruffles, even a reticule to match. The soft pastels and lace patterns also evoke a rococo aesthetic, but the unfettered body is all 20th century.
I think we can all admit that the mannequin is NOT doing the dress justice, so you are just going to have to look beyond that, and imagine it on a real person.
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