Last week’s 1860s wrapper made us think of warm fires and good books: until we noticed the terrible un-matched front stripes. Unfortunately, mis-matched stripes could not be unseen, and could not be forgiven, and so the dress lost an average of two points for that flaw, whether your original rating was good, or bad. Still, 6.6 out of 10 isn’t too bad after all!
Over the past year most of my Rate the Dress picks have been chosen to fit the Historical Sew Fortnightly themes, but sometimes I find a frock that I really just want to feature, and which doesn’t have anything to do with the HSF. This week’s choice, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of those.
I think this dress is fascinating. The tomato red silk, paired with the red velvet in a very slightly darker shade. The mix of pleating, gathering, ruching and draping as you move across the skirt, and from the apron overskirt to the velvet underskirt. Most of all, the chain-inspired trim. What a intriguing motif to use!
Fascinating and intriguing do not always equal good taste though, so I present the dress to you to discuss, dissect, and judge. Will you deem it permanently linked to good taste, or shall we lock it away and toss the key (sorry, couldn’t resist a few bad puns)?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.