From bold stripes to delicate embroidery, from bell shapes to slinky slim numbers: we’re shaking things up on Rate the Dress with a Titanic era gown with two formal bodice options. How will the rating shake out in comparison?
Last week: 1850s purple stripes and tassels
Well. It got compared to a circus tent. Multiple times. And lots of you really, really don’t like tassels. And false fronts. And the purple was hardly universally popular – not to mention there were diametrically opposite opinions about which possible shade was better!
Some of you even disliked it so much that I had to remove a comment because it veered into being mean and insulting to people who did like the dress. 🙁 Please remember to be respectful of other commenter’s right to have different taste from you in Rate the Dress. The fun is seeing how we all ‘see’ a dress: no one’s opinion is wrong.
While most of you weren’t huge fans, it also got called ‘luscious’, and some of you thought it was really fun and vibrant and quirky – so it had its admirers as well.
The Total: 6 out of 10
It had admirers, but they were an exclusive club!
Since purple didn’t really work for you, what about pink?
This Titanic-era concoction features white silk overlaid with pink chiffon embroidered with an unexpectedly abstract and modernist design.
The dress comes with two bodices, described as day and evening by the auction house.
The lush silk, beaded chiffon, and trained skirt still suggests a very elegant event. The day bodice, with its high lace collar, less-beaded bodice, and fichu-effect overlay, was probably worn for formal afternoon receptions, or extremely dressy garden parties – not just for relaxing around the house.
The evening bodice features shorter sleeves, a modest V-neckline which still revealed significantly more skin than the high collar of the day bodice, and a plunging overlay of heavily beaded pink with borders in pink satin – giving the impression of décolletage without any real exposure.
The V of the front neckline is echoed at the back of the dress, with a wrap-effect and an asymmetrical application of satin: both very fashionable ca. 1910
What do you think of this Titanic Era twofer? Pretty in pink? Or an odd mix of modernity and missishness? And do you prefer the day or evening look?
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!)