It’s Rate the Dress day again! Every week I feature a historical garment – whether an extant original, or an artistic depiction, and you have your say about its aesthetic merits within the context of its time. This week we look at a ca. 1910 dress in lavender purple polka dots.
Last week: 1720s-40s theatrically-embroidered casaquin
For once I was absolutely correct in predicting the reaction to last week’s striking embroidered casaquin. The white linen and vivid wool embroidered garment flaunted the wearer’s knowledge and sophistication, as well as their ability to afford an incredibly expensive informal garment.
Most of you were major fans, but a few of you weren’t having a bar of it. I strongly suspect the casaquin was just as divisive when it was originally worn.
The Total: 8.8 out of 10.
Tons of 10s, a few middlings, and one spectacularly bad 2! And a last-minute comment that was so beautiful that I went and updated the maths, even though I’d already done them, so it could be included in the rating 🙂
This week: ca. 1910 polka dots
This week let’s travel to 1910, and look at a 1909-11 day dress in lavender purple spotted silk with black and ivory accents:
The dark lavender of the dress sits just between the sweet half-tone pastels of the early Edwardian era and the vivid colours fashionable in the 1910s.
The combination of polka dots and stripes is another fashionable twist that I associate with the mid 1910s, but the rest of the dress, with its heavy use of lace in the guimpe, collar and sleeves, and black velvet trim, is quite Edwardian.
The combination of multiple coordinating fabrics, and the amount of detail work in the garment, suggest that this was a fairly expensive garment. Note that there appears to be more fabric manipulation and detail work on the side of the skirt:
What do you think of this ca 1910 dress? Do you like this lady in lavender, or do you find the purple polka dots quite pedestrian?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
(as usual, nothing more complicated than a .5. I also hugely appreciate it if you only do one rating, and set it on a line at the very end of your comment, so I can find it! Thanks in advance!)