Last week you weren’t much impressed with Prince Henry’s early 17th century garments as clothes in an of themselves, especially not when it came to the breeches. But you were very impressed with Prince Henry himself, and his ability to pull off his ridiculous outfit, and look like a kid having fun in it. So Henry’s swashbuckling attitude bucked his outfit up to a 6.9 out of 10, which isn’t fabulous but is more than I thought it would get!
Dress can be all about attitude, and I think this week’s selection might take a bit of attitude to pull off. It’s quite bold and crazy, and rather reminds me of the striped Elizabeth Hawes dress which we rated last year, and the Worth zig-zag dress that we rated two years ago. It’s interesting to compare it to those two, as it is so similar in cut and aesthetic, but yet Gres’ dress also manages to evoke the 1840s, and is a full 20 years later in date than the Hawes and Worth frocks, but still looks fashion-forward for the early 1950s.
You’re really going to have to forgive the back view: the dress has a 34″ bust and a 20″ waist, and the auction house clearly couldn’t find a mannequin in those dimensions, so were unable to fasten the back of the dress properly.
What do you think? Better or worse than the other striped frocks? Striking or eye-searing?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
*and yes, I know I usually skip the usual Rate-the-Dress and do an Oscars dress rating this time of year, but I’m so snowed under with The Project, and was away for a weekend of awesomeness (soooo AWESOME!), and, to be perfectly honest this year’s Oscar’s dresses are so boring that they wouldn’t even be fun to make fun of.