Last week’s Rate the Dress was made up in an extremely classic blue and white stripe – a timeless colour combination and pattern. This week I’ve gone for something decidedly more daring, with a tomato red and fuchsia pairing that few decades would presume to attempt.
The blue and white stripe of last week’s Rate the Dress was so classic I was pretty sure no one would actually hate it – and as I predicted, the the ratings were more focused on the few things that weren’t perfect, or the fact that it was lovely but couldn’t really be counted as memorable or spectacular, than on the [amusing but] terrible comparisons that some dresses attract.
The Total: 8.8 out of 10
It really pleases me that last week was 7.9 and this week is 8.8. It just feels like balance has been achieved in the universe…
This week: a 1920s number in tomato red and fuchsia with gold
The 1920s were a daring era for fashion, carrying the style innovations of the 1910s to bold extremes, including the bright colours and improbable hue pairings that started with early 1910s Ballet Russes and ‘exotic’ inspired designs. This dress, which ties tomato red and fuchsia purple together with gold designs that look like they were taken from the margins of illuminated manuscripts, is one such example:
The gold patterning is not the only medieval inspired element to this dress. There is something distinctly tabard or surcote-y about the bold shoulder seam, and the wide sleeves give a nod to the costumes of angels in early Renaissance art:
The gold motifs are very interesting. The flat designs almost appear to be painted or screenprinted on.
There is something quite theatrical, almost costume-y about the dress, but at the same time nothing to specifically suggest it’s not exactly what the museum identifies it as: an evening dress
What do you make of the unusual colour combination and equally unusual motif treatment?
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!)