Last week’s purple & black 1860s dress received a rather lukewarm response, with few strong feelings in either direction – and not a single 10! Almost unheard of!
I think most of you felt the way I did: that while there was nothing to actually dislike about the dress, there was nothing much to make you really love it either. So a 7.3 out of 10 is an unsurprising score.
This ball gown by Jeanne Paquin, widely acknowledged as the first female couturier, features a striking chine a la branche taffeta in pink and ivory, with pink chiffon overlay and very puffy spotted lace sleeves. Anne would love them – do you?
The full skirt of the 1890s (another one that could be easily adapted from the Fantail skirt pattern) provides an excellent canvas for the unusual fabric, and only the bodice blooms with the exuberance of ornamentation so beloved by the late Victorians.
There are lots of exciting and interesting things going on in the bodice and sleeves, but alas, the Met does not provide the option of bigger photos with this gown, so you shall just have to decide if you like it based on what we can see.
What do you think? Pretty in Pink, or just as disappointing as I found the titular dress in the movie of the same name?
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