Last week I showed you Emily Warren Roebling in her court gown – as a painting, a photograph, and the extent gown. Most of you appreciated being able to compare all possible versions of the dress, though that actually ended up dragging ratings down a bit, as each version showed you something you wished wasn’t so obvious in another. It also made things a little hard for me, as some of you rated each different version, and I had to figure out what rating to take. Overall, Emily came it at 8.9 out of 10, with kudos for balancing event appropriate fashions, her age, and the wacky factor of court dress.
This week we’re toning down the formality, and cranking up the unconventional factor. Gilbert Adrian was primarily a costume designer, responsible for some of the most iconic costumes of the ’30s & ’40s, and for creating the classic broad-shouldered, slim-hipped ‘Adrian line’ silhouette. In addition to film costumes, Adrian designed ready to wear garments, though they often had a slightly theatrical twist, as with this dress:
Without the print, this dress is no different to dozens of other late ’40s, early ’50s dresses – Butterick has reissued a pattern that is basically this dress, and it’s just a slightly later version of the Dorothy Lara dress. But the print does make this quite a unique, striking dress -it would certainly be remembered among the frocks at a party.
So what do you think? Has Adrian done a good job of blending everyday (well, very dressed up everyday) and avant garde? Is this the best thing since sliced bread?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10