Last week I showed you a late 1880s Worth gown in blond lace and creamy pink feather patterned brocade. A few of you loved it, but most of you felt it was pretty ‘meh’ for the 1880s. As for me, there were some things about the dress that I love SO MUCH (the brocade! the sleeves! that bustle) that I both struggled to see beyond the things that weren’t well done (ugh. that lace swag. And the weird awkward level of the brocade line on the bodice) and hated them all the more for ruining the potential. Not surprisingly, the frock only came in at a 6.8 out of 10. Try harder Jean-Phillipe!
This week’s dress is like a sample of all the things that were ‘on trend’ (humble apologies) in the later 1810s & 1820s.
It’s the classic all-white frock, with a bit of military-inspired (maybe with a hint of Renaissance historicism) lacing up the front. There is more Renaissance inspired historicism in the puffed sleeves with ‘slashed’ inspired lace. The neckline is classically influenced, taking it’s aesthetics from ancient Greek & Roman styles. The bottom of the dress features the classic hem interest of the ’20s, with gathered pick-ups and bobble buttons over a layer of the newly fashionable broderie anglaise.
The museum has accessorised the dress with a paisley shawl – far from the newest thing in 1820, but still quite a fashionable, high-status garment.
What do you think? Do you like the eclectic influences of the frock? Do they add interest to the plain white dress, or just make it silly? And is the paisley shawl a nice touch of colour, or too much of a clash?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10