Last week I showed you an 1880s Pingat in a mix of black fabrics relieved with ecru floral lace. Reactions too it were mixed, to say the very least. Some of you were extremely disappointed in Pingat (in all caps no less!), while others thought it was understated sophistication personified – hard to get more of a contrast than that! The thing that got the most agreement was that the beading on the skirt just wasn’t quite right – it either needed serious rearranging, or to go altogether.
I’ll be back in a few hours with a proper tally of the score for the Pingat gown, but for now internet problems are holding it up, so we’ll just move on to this week’s Rate the Dress:
There hasn’t been a lot of colour in my last few Rate the Dress selections, so I thought I’d best remedy that this week, and what could be more colourful than a dress completely in vermillion moire?
This dinner or reception dress in red moire features elaborate detailing throughout the bodice, with layers of what we would call ‘crumb catcher’ pleating to the bodice front, a variant of roleaux trimming down the centre front, and tiny dragons teeth dagging framing the neckline.
There is more detailing in the sleeves, with tightly pleated fabric held in place by banding in the upper arms, and releasing into full puffs just above the elbow.
The slim sleeves are held closed with buttons, and trimmed with more of the dragons teeth.
In contrast to the elaborate bodice, the full, pleated skirt is relatively simple.
What do you think? The 1830s can be a rather odd era stylistically, especially by modern standards, but as a dress of its era, how does this one rate? Is the vivid colour fun and refreshing in contrast to the many pale Romantic era frocks, or is it too bright and garish? Does this dress balance its silhouette and all the trimmings?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10