Last week’s Rate the Dress was extremely revealing, and rather incomplete. This week I’ve got in the opposite direction, with a very covered up 1890s dress, that even comes with its original matching hat.
The vast majority of you adored last weeks dress, and appreciated the way it melded historical references (medieval sideless surcoats & neoclassicism) with an extremely modern feel that wouldn’t be out of place on today’s red carpets.
You correctly noted that the dress was missing a very important feature: an underdress which filled in the neckline, and the sheer gates-of-hell-esque side mesh.
And then, a few of you thought it was terribly tacky…
The Total: 9.2 out of 10
(I’m mildly amused that this weeks rating is 8.4 – both numbers that always look like they are pregnant to me!)
This week: an 1890s dress in plum and leaf print chiné
Today’s pick is a classic 1890s day dress, though the choice and combination of fabric make it rather striking and unusual.
The sleeves and bodice front and back are made from a chiné silk with a leaf pattern in shades of green on a dark plum.
The chiné silk has been perfectly matched to a plain plum silk taffeta for the skirt, bodice sides, and cuffs.
The skirt and bodice are separate pieces, the join hidden by the leaf print sash, and the bodice closing beneath the puffed silk at centre front.
Not only is the ensemble perfectly matched but it also comes with a coordinating hat: a little percher designed to sit tipped over the front of the face, with a wired flourish of the chiné silk.
The hat is unexpectedly bright: a flourish of vivid yellow and orange to contrast the muted purples and greens of the dress.
What do you think of the ensemble? The dress, in its muted greens and purples, with its jaunty topper, typically 1890s in shape with a rather quirky twist to the design. Do you enjoy the combination, find it whimsical? Or is it just a terrible mis-match?
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. Phrase criticism as your opinion, rather than a flat fact. 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!)