Last week’s Rate the Dress was very subdued and subtle and restful. This week I’m going in exactly the opposite direction, and featuring a vivid pink 19teens dress with lots of zing.
Last week: A 1920s artistic ensemble
A few of you loved it for looking supremely comfortable and wearable, and most of you could appreciate the elegance of the embellishment, but many of you were not quite convinced by the colour, or all the details – especially the cuffs.
The Total: 7.7 out of 10
And a huge thank you to Daniel for adding a bunch of extra historical information and context about the outfit!
I wanted something bright and fun as a contrast to last week, and you can’t get much brighter and more fun than hot pink velvet:
Augusta Auctions gave a date range of 1910-14 when they sold this pink velvet confection, but the draped hobble skirt is so absolutely typical of 1913-14 that I feel confident dating it to those years.
The horizontal seam across the hips, while unusual to modern eyes, allows the draping of the skirt, and causes interesting visual contrasts as the grain of the velvet changes, creating the effect of different shades of pink.
The seam also widens the hips – emphasising the still fashionably small waist, and moving away from the extremely narrowed hips of the earlier 1910s.
The pink appears particularly vivid against the muted tones of the metal lace and silk chiffon sleeves, but the contrast was originally probably much less stark: the lace, un-tarnished, a brighter gold or silver, the chiffon either a brighter white, or purposefully subdued to create the illusion of bare skin. Tying together all this boldness, the sparkle of diamantes, anchoring the neckline, and shimmering as the arms moved.
Obviously the flowers on the corsage have aged someone, and aren’t quite blooming as intended, so please don’t judge the effects of age too harshly.
What do you think? Is this rosy hued 19teens frock delicious or déclassé?
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