Last week’s Rate the Dress was a tailored walking ensemble, ca 1900, with raised detailing, all in one fabric. There was a bit of discussion about whether it would look better with contrasting details, or in a brighter colour, but pretty much everyone was in agreement that it already looked pretty darn fabulous as it was. It came in at 9.5 out of 10, which is pretty much a perfect score these days.
It’s definitely pretty close to perfection for me: it desperately makes me want to rush out and buy a bunch of oatmeal wool, despite the fact that oatmeal is possibly the worst colour possible on me (I just go oatmeal all over. It’s awful. )
Tone-on-tone was the only (occasional) complaint about last weeks ensemble, so I’m going to test the theme again, and see how it does this week:
This evening gown (according to my ability to translate google translates ability to translate Finnish – if I have any Finnish readers, please do clarify/confirm/elaborate!) was worn to an event celebrating the centenary of the Finnish Cadet Corps, on the 16th of October 1912, by Signe Maria Lindh (née Fabritius, b 1887) who accompanied her husband Lieutenant Karl Axel Alexander Lindh.
The embellishments of the frock are much more elaborate than those of last weeks suit: as befits an evening outfit, but once again the designer has stuck to a single colour, using perfectly coordinated satin to form the sash, bodice draping, and to create echoes of the scalloped edges of sleeve and neckline.
What do you think? If you thought last week needed contrast, is this week the same? Or is the all-in-one colour scheme better with different textured fabrics? Or worse? Or are they both perfection? Or simply not at all comparable!
There is some awkwardness in the lower front, but I think that is just poor presentation: please ignore it.
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