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Rate the Dress: Brilliant Blue Callot Soeurs

Last week I though that Fra Galgario’s Count in bizarre waistcoat and banyan was fascinating, but clearly you didn’t agree as only a dozen of you even bothered to rate it, which may be a new low.  Poor Count!  At least the rating he did get from the daring dozen was a rather positive 8 out of 10. He would have rated higher if he’d only worn different stockings and a better hat – sometimes it’s all about the accessories!

This week’s Rate the Dress is all about colour and sparkle.  In brilliant blue, covered in sequins and large paste gems, this Callot Soeurs gown certainly isn’t for the faint hearted.  The vivid colour and exotic embellishments anticipate the Orientalist and Arabian Nights inspired trends that would sweep through the fashion world in the next few years.

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

And some close-ups of the bodice detailing:

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

Evening Dress, 1909, Callot Soeurs, Paris, Silk mesh embellished with celluloid sequins and paste gems, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 2003.014.208

It’s certainly a bold dress!  What do you think? Too bright and sparkly and big?  Or does the subtle mastery of cut and the skill of the workmanship balance the less-than-restrained aesthetic?

 Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10

57 Comments

  1. It’s gorgeous. I wonder if some of the objections stem from seeing the dress on the computer. In person, it might just be perfect. I’d love to wear it. I give it a 10/10.

  2. It’s stunning! I can just see it worn with hair piled up and decorated with matching ostrich feathers and a sapphire clasp, and with little pointed dancing slippers peeking out from below the skirt. It’s 10/10 from me.

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