This week’s Rate the Dress turns from bold primary hues on black, to soft pastels overlaid with sheer black organza, and from sleek ’20s, to frothy Edwardian.
The beaded and embroidered Patou number got a range of reactions. Some of you absolutely loved it, and others thought the beading wasn’t quite resolved. One of you docked points for the moustache belt, which I am confused by. How on earth is a moustache belt a bad thing? 😉
I was intrigued by the number of commenters who felt that some 20s dresses ‘wear heavy’, and that this was one of them.
The Total: 8.2 out of 10
A full point lower than the week before! We’re slipping!
This week: An Edwardian Evening Dress
This dress (despite its weird pin-head) has been on my Rate the Dress list for some time, and this week seemed like the perfect time to showcase it.
European dressmakers seem to get all the glory when it comes to Victorian & Edwardian fashion – but they did have rivals. The late 19th century saw the rise of a number of extremely talented American dressmakers, including Mrs C Donovan. Unlike their European counterparts, notable American dress designers were predominantly female. While they never achieved the cachet of Worth & Pingat, the top levels of American design houses made creations for wealthy Americans who also patronised the European houses. Some of their creations show workmanship and design details that easily match the more famous European houses.
Whether Mrs C Dovovan achieved that level is for you to decide, but certainly this dress, with its scrollwork cut-outs at hem and bodice, shows an astonishing level of detail and workmanship.
The colours, choice of flowers, and slightly thicker waistline suggest this dress was worn by a more mature woman, rather than a debutant.
Can you see a society hostess reigning over her soiree in this?
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!)