Last week fabulous fabric triumphed over something-missing styling, little tassels which creeped most of you out, and truly terrible gloves to deliver a very impressive 8.8 out of 10 for the butterfly ballgown.
Today’s Rate the Dress is a tiny bit late because I purposefully scheduled it that way to give yesterday’s post a little time in the spotlight, and even later because I chose a last-minute RTD substitution for reasons.
Picking an alternate RTD was easy, because I just stuck with the theme of my recent posts on the ideal WWI figure, and my original idea for an all-one-colour, not super exciting fabric gown.. So let’s look at an evening gown designed to flatter one of those ‘ideal’ WWI era figures:
This peach on peach confection features the small, slightly raised waist of 1914, with a draping, gathered bodice which would sit nicely over a low, soft bust (and is rather fighting with the high, stiff bosom of the mannequin its displayed on), and a chiffon over-tunic to the skirt, which would flow over the angle of the ‘ideal’ bottom, and cascade off its fullest point (and isn’t quite done justice by the flat bottom of the mannequin).
The draping off the skirt & bodice give a nod to Japonisme and the influence of the kimono, and to Classical Grecian drapery: both design elements which were extremely fashionable in the 1900s and 1910s.
Intriguingly, though the museum records indicate that the construction of this dress is very well done – indicating an extremely skilled dressmaker, and, likely, a well-off client – the satin may be made of a manufactured natural (rayon, etc.) or a blend of silk and rayon (which did happen).
What do you think? Would the wearer of this dress be pretty in peach, or just a bit meloncholy?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.