I’m very sorry for completely dropping the ball on the blog for the last two weeks. Some unexpected things came up in the run-up to Costume College, and blogging was one thing I just didn’t get to.
So, quite late, the total score for the Lucile lingerie frock: a rather disappointing 7.5 out of 10. Too many of you thought it was a bit limp, and had slightly weird design features, or was just lacking in overall oomph.
This week’s Rate the Dress is partly inspired by all the amazing Victorian costumes I saw at Costume College, and partly carrying on the neutrals with ribbons theme of the not-so-popular Lucile lingerie frock:
This 1884 House of Worth 2nd-bustle era gown many use three textures of silk fabrics (faille, satin and organza) in the same serene shade of stone, with touches of cream lace, but the deep red ribbons, rather than the sweet pastels of Lucile’s confection, provide colour and contrast
Like the Lucile gown, Worth’s reception gown combines many different forms of textile manipulation, but the overall effect is one of sculptural stiffness and structure, rather them delicate frothiness.
What do you think? Within the range of Worth gowns, is this one of the House of Worth’s total winners, or won where they didn’t quite win the fashion sweepstakes? (because even Worth had off days, or garments where the client’s design requests added combined with the designer’s vision in less than ideal ways).
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10