Last weeks blue-grey and white late 1870s dress was one of my favourite kinds of Rate the Dresses: one that sparks lots of interesting discussion, quite strong feelings, and hilarious comparisons (personally, I think anything that can be described as Victorian Dalek fancy dress should automatically be a 10 😉 ). The feelings, while strong, were very mixed – a solid block of very high ratings, an equally solid block of very low ratings, and a lot people who thought it was, ummm…interesting. Personally I give it an intellectual 10 and an aesthetic 6, but your ratings evened out at 6.3 out of 10 – I guess the aggregate rating was closer to my aesthetic reaction than my intellectual reaction!
This week we’re rating a dress has done the rounds on pinterest, but where I unfortunately can’t find the original source. I generally try not to post Rate the Dresses if I can’t credit the collection, but occasionally breaking that rule, and asking for your help in finding the source, is a good way to locate it and make it easier for future searchers to find it.
The only clue I have is that the dress probably comes from a European collection, possibly Czech. Do you know where it’s from? (confession: I’ve spent all day on the phone with Applecare and Adobe, fixing issues arising from my hard-drive crash, and I’ve hit the point where I can’t do even the most basic tech thing, so you may find if very easy to figure out where this is from!).
UPDATE: Many thanks to Daniel for locating the collection!
As there is no source for this dress, I don’t have a lot of information on it, but I can guess a bit by looking at it. The silhouette and combination of historical and military inspired trims place the dress ca. 1820, but the fabric is not contemporary with the dress. This appears to be a fantastic example of a 19th century garment made from mid-18th century fabric.
The skirt is cut into panels to create the slight cone shape fashionable in the 1820s, but the wide serpentine stripes of the the fabric were originally intended for a garment that used full widths of rectangular fabric, so the angled panels create an interesting pattern of disappearing stripes.
Personally, I quite like the symmetry of the mannequin being as blank as the dresses background: you cannot rate it on anything but the dress itself.
So how does the dress alone fare?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10