Last week I showed you an 18th century fashion plate, and to a man (or lady) you agreed that it was terrible. However, some of you thought it was so terrible that it became awesome. And some of you thought it was a terribleness composed of lots of nice bits, just not together. And some of you thought it was just terrible through and through. So our galant nymph came in at 4.3 out of 10, which is the lowest rating we’ve had in at least two years! Ah well, better to be memorable and terrible than not to be remarkable at all?
This week, despite the HSF theme being Terminology, I was inspired by the upcoming theme #20: Alternative Universe, because there is something about this particular ensemble that strikes me as being quite out of time (and look, it’s even been sold by Time Traveller Antiques!), and also because I see it as being an interesting flip to last week’s frock.
The late 18th century redingote inspiration of this late 1880s dress is quite clear, but the ensemble also has a hint of the Aesthetic influence in the ruching that holds the skirt into a fashionably slimmer line.
So, an 1880s does 1780s, with a tiny twist of Renaissanc-y fantasy. Timeless? Or terrible?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.