Huzzah! We have a winner! Last week I showed a court dress in black satin with gold embroidery, and, with only 4 out of 30 votes coming in at anything but a perfect 10, the dress scored a truly spectacular 9.8 out of 10, which is pretty much as close as I think we’ll ever get to a perfect 10! (such a change from Charles of the week before, who actually did better than I thought – 6.3 out of 10, for “Fantastic outfit, wrong wearer” as HoiLei succinctly put it.)
This dress is inspired by the recent weather: it has been HOT. Not too bad in Wellington, but I spent the weekend in Hamilton and it was 30 degrees and 60% humidity, and I had models in period dress, and there was a lot of discussion about how you handled that kind of heat historically.
Here is one example of how:
Superficially this dress is the complete opposite of last weeks: light cotton instead of heavy silk, white instead of black, an overall impression of lightness and informality instead of grandeur and formality, covered-up rather than revealing. And yet, as you look closer, some of the same themes remain: restrained colour schemes with elaborate shaped embroidery for impact; simple silhouettes with just a bit of ruffles to create the impression of feminine delicacy, layers that create the desired fashionable silhouette.
These two dresses may be a quarter of a century apart in date, and at least a dozen degrees apart in weather-comfort, but they still aimed for many of the same things. Can this weeks’ frock match the last ones score?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10