I started the Rate the Dress party-frock-a-thon with an orange dress, and it felt right to finish it up with the same colour. It’s not usually a favourite colour, but the first one was a smashing success. Can this week’s pick rival it?
Last week: a House of Worth Robe à transformation in red velvet
Red velvet was always going to be pretty popular, and the ratings and comments did not disappoint. There was a veritable sea of “ooooh” and swooning (and two outlying ‘nopes’).
There was a bit of a divide in those who preferred the draped bodice, and thought the evening bodice looked like a forced exercise in using the lace, and those who thought the day bodice was unrelieved or contrived, and the evening bodice incredibly clever and spectacular.
I’m one who didn’t love the evening bodice at first glance, but the more I looked at it up close, the more it grew on me. There were some incredibly clever features that were really struggling to show in the photos. I think it would have been very striking on a real person, but wasn’t shown to its full effect on the mannequin.
The Total: 9.3 out of 10
I always associate New Years with the 1920s and 30s, so found a frock from the era to ring in the New Year of Rate the Dress with.
It’s amazing to think that this week’s frock, with its simple silhouette, scant 2 metre fabric usage, and hem that sits just below the knee, is just a generation removed from last week’s red velvet ensemble.
Last week’s frock was for playing the gracious hostess at a holiday gala – mingling and chatting, perhaps performing an operatic carol or two. This week’s frock is for her daughter to kick her heels at a New Years eve dance, the pleats swishing, and the extravagant bow swirling about.
The pleats are a clever design feature, keeping to the fashionable straight silhouette, while allowing the wearer movement and ease. In a sketch or poor quality photograph they could easily be mistaken for fringe (which was used on 1920s frocks, though nowhere near as often as its ubiquitous usage in cheap costumes and the popular image of the 1920s would suggest).
Other than the pleats, the dress uses no straight lines, and it contrasts symmetry and asymmetry at every point to create visual motion, even on a mannequin. On a moving person the gold lamé of the lower skirt and sequins of the bodice, would shimmer and sparkle with the slightest move, creating the impression that the wearer was perpetually dancing.
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. 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! And 0 is not on a scale of 1 to 10. Thanks in advance!)