Wearing History and I are hosting Edwardian & the Great War March on Instagram: (TagL #greatwarmarch) for all of March, carrying on from American Duchesses’ Victorian February and Dames a la Modes Georgian January.
If you’re on IG you can join us by sharing anything relevant to the daily theme from between 1900-1924 and tagging @wearinghistory and I (@thedreamstress)
To celebrate, March’s Rate the Dresses will be themed to those years. There is a ton of variations in fashion from between 1900-1924, so I don’t think you’ll get bored!
Last week: a beaded ca. 1810 dress
No one could deny that the beading on last week’s dress was exceptional. Some of you found the dress itself a little nightgown-y. That beading definitely wouldn’t have been fun to sleep on!
The Total: 8 out of 10
Mostly I think for the beading! Without it the dress wouldn’t be anything.
This week: a late Edwardian dress in pink velvet and lace
Dress, ca. 1910, From the collection of Alexandre VassilievThis afternoon or restrained evening dress combines the lush romanticism of the early Edwardian era with the vivid hues and more streamlined silhouette made popular by the Ballet Russes and other modernist and exotic influences.
The layering of fabrics and textures is typical of ca. 1910 fashion. Delicate, sheer tulle mutes the lush cyclamen pink silk velvet. The circular and floral lace applied to the tulle appears to be an earlier 19th century lace – possibly from the 1860s. The final layer of lace is a lush metallic lace, which adds visual weight to the hem and borders, and carries out the progression of textures from light to heavy.
What do you think? Do the materials work together? Does the saturated pink keep it from being too sweet?
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!)