The response to last week’s Rate the Dress was quite a surprise to me, so this week I’ve picked something surprising: a crinoline era dress that combines a very traditional silhouette, and very traditional trimmings, with very unusual fabric, in a very unusual layout. What will you make of it?
I can never exactly predict how a garment will be received, but sometimes I can make a pretty good guess. Less often, I am totally and completely wrong. Last week was one of those. I thought the dress was an awful mish-mash of unrelated ideas, in a very unflattering colour combination. Most of you, however, did not agree!
The Total: 9.2 out of 10
It’s quite unusual for me to think a dress is a 6, and most of you think it’s a 9 or 10 – usually it’s exactly the opposite. It’s great though: lovely to see totally different perspectives.
This striking purple and grey number makes full use of its bold, big stripes to accentuate the design details, from the wide collar, to the darts that shape the bodice.
Rows of tasselled fringe in perfectly matched colours, provide a textural counterpoint to the shiny taffeta, and a visual balance to the strong vertical lines.
The front tassels mimic the desired silhouette, and create the faux-front effect fashionable in the 1850s.
Interestingly the fabric layout mixes balanced and unbalanced stripes, and the dressmaker chose to showcase an unbalanced pattern across the back of the dress, creating an interesting visual asymmetry in a dress that is otherwise completely balanced from side to side.
The various available images show a range of colours, from muted pinky-mauves, to almost blue-purple.
What do you think of the stripey-tassle-y concoction?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
A reminder about rating – feel free to be critical if you don’t like a thing, but make sure that your comments aren’t actually insulting to those who do like a garment. Our different tastes are what make Rate the Dress so interesting. However it’s no fun when a comment implies that anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or who would wear a garment, is totally lacking in taste.
(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!)