Last week’s 1920s fashion plate got some interesting reactions that divided into three distinct categories: Oooh!, Meh and Blech. Balanced out, the resulting rating was 6 out of 10 – just above Meh, and not a rating that anyone gave the dress! To my surprise, many of you liked the orange dress better than the blue and green one – I should have done a Dress Off!
This fortnight’s theme in the HSF is ‘Re-do’, which leaves the field wide open for me to pick Rate the Dress garments to go along with it. I’ve been feeling like it was time to post something 1820s for a while now (not sure why, it just felt like the right thing to do), and since Stripes is one of the HSF themes I’ll be ‘re-doing’ over the next fortnight, a striped 1820s frock it is:
In addition to the fascinating use of stripes (and is that fabric a very simple warp-printed taffeta? I think so!), this dress attracted me because of its under-sleeves of gauzy wool in what Augusta Auctions erroneously calls magenta. The shade is clearly not magenta, because magenta, named for the 1859 Battle of Magenta, was originally a particular shade of aniline dye.
Still, whatever the name, the pop of the vivid pink-purple sleeves with the ivory fabric with its rose and green stripes is striking. I wonder if the trim around the neck originally matched the pinker shades of the sleeve and stripes, or if it always had a distinctly lilac twinge.
What do you think? Do you like this example of late Regency fashions, with its elaborate striped hem trim, button and tab neckline trim, and contrasting sleeves?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.