Last week I showed you something a bit more recent than the usual Rate the Dress fare: a 1970s avante garde swimsuit. It, uh, mostly wasn’t liked. At all. Which wasn’t actually a surprise. In fact, I was surprised and delighted by those of you who did like it (and by a certain delicious rant – who doesn’t like a good rant?). Despite a handful of enthusiastic likes, it only managed 4.3 out of 10, which is one of the lowest scores ever.
In addition to not liking it, many of you thought it was just for lounging by the pool, not getting in the pool. You’re probably technically right that it was more of a sunning suit than actual swimming suit, but I both liked it, and would like to see it in the water.
There is a tradition in Hawaii of swimming in muu’muu, and there is a Hawaiian artist who paints lovely dreamy underwater images of girls in muu’muu swimming (sadly I cannot recall the name of the artist, and google searches were both fruitless and frustrating, because the internet has decided that everything Hawaii + female must be sexualised to the nth degree), and the swimsuit/playsuit reminded me of that. I’ve swam in clothes, and while they aren’t good for speed, the way a good voluminous garment floats and twists around you can be quite effective. I’ve got a bunch of viscose knit…might have to give that swimsuit a try!
This week we return to the usual Rate the Dress programming with a 1910s reception dress – with a twist.
The Hull Museums Collection: Wilberforce House Museum have this lovely blue chiffon and white lace reception gown. Their current object photo shows the dress looking like this:
But there is also this version of the photo doing the rounds on pinterest:
Same photo, same dress, very different colour balance, which gives the dress quite a different character.
Personally, I think the first photo is slightly washed out, and the second too dark and vivid. So here is my best guess at what the dress really looks like (though, of course, every garment is going to look different depending on lighting and circumstances):
What do you think? Do you prefer it in evening blue, cobalt blue, or copenhagen blue? And what do you think of it as a dress, regardless of colour?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.