Responses to last week’s russet & cream pleats and drapes ca. 1880 Rate the Dress took me more than a little by surprise, as I thought the dress was striking, beautifully and skilfully made, and profoundly, irredeemably, ugly. My opinion was clearly not shared by the vast majority of you (and that’s totally OK!) – as most of you adored it, bringing it in at a rosy 8.5 out of 10! The joy and beauty of Rate the Dress – seeing the beauty of a garment you think is terrible through someone else’s eyes and perspective, and vice versa!
This week, to avoid any clashing colours, I’ve chosen a dress in black on black, enlivened with embroidery, smocking, ruching, and delicate buttons. This aesthetic style dress may have been for someone unconventional enough to adopt aesthetic dress, while conventional enough to adhere to mourning customs, or simply for someone who liked the colour, as black became increasingly fashionable in its own right at the end of the 19th century.
This dress is a rather unusual choice for Rate the Dress, as it’s in an upcoming auction, so if this really is a 10/10 for you, it could be yours!
So, what do you say? Is sable on sable working for you? Do the details complement each other, and the austere colour?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10