Well, last week’s dress was proof that not everything Worth did was perfection. Due to a bit of un-subtle trimming, the dress had to bow out of the top ranks (pun totally intended) with a paltry 6.4 out of 10 – low by any standard, and terrible by the standard of Worth garments featured in Rate the Dress.
I just can’t keep track of the day/time differences between NZ and CA, and when I’m supposed to do Rate the Dress, so once again you’re getting it a little late. Next week should be right on time though – I’ll be back home (yay! and sniff at the same time)
This week’s Rate the Dress is California inspired – and what could be more California than a mid-century playsuit by a Los Angeles designers collaborating with Jantzen, now in the collection of LACMA?
While the artist is Californian, the inspiration for this playsuit’s design comes from much further afield, with motifs probably taken from African textiles, and a name that reflects the mid-century obsession with all things ‘exotic’ and jungle-y.
The playsuit’s accompanying skirt is even more exotic, giving a restrained nod to pareu and the ‘sarong’ dress that Edith Head created for Dorothy Lamour’s Jungle Princess in 1936, a look that became iconically associated with tropical-inspired fashions – whether they were from Africa or the South Pacific.
What do you think? Does this look like a chic way to keep cool in the California heat? Do you like the mix of modernism and exoticism?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10