It’s always nice to have the most lovely, polished photos for Rate the Dress, but that does limit the options. So sometimes I have to choose a poorly staged garment, just because it’s so interesting. And I think the fabric, colour, and design of this week’s pick make it worthy of inclusion, lacklustre images notwithstanding.
Last Week: a 1912 afternoon dress by Jeanne Hallee
There was a lot of confusion about the colour of last week’s dress. Was it black? Blue? Purple? My screens say purple, but unless one of us has seen the dress in person we’ll never really know. Photography can be so misleading!
There was also a lot of variation in the rating, with scores hitting every whole point from 4-10. And everyone loved, or didn’t love, it for different reasons. No consensus at all!
The Total: 7.3 out of 10
It does actually reflect this largest clump of ratings, even if it was a proportionally small clump compared to other Rate the Dress selections.
This week: an 1890s evening dress by Mrs Cuttle
This 1890s evening dress could do with a good steam and fluff, but with a bit of imagination you can envision it as it was originally.
This dress is dated to 1890 in the auction catalogue, but the cut of the skirt and the bolero effect of the bodice suggests a date at the end of the decade: more 1899 than 1890.
The skirt cut is almost identical to the Scroop Patterns Fantail Skirt, which always attracts me to a dress, but the main reason I found this one so worthy of featuring was the striking turquoise velvet, and the fascinating patterning on the ivory fabric.
It’s little puzzle pieces! (Or seaweed. Or just abstract shapes…)
It doesn’t affect the aesthetic rating, but I do like that the auction included an interior view, with the maker’s label:
So, imagine the velvet all plush and uncrushed, the bows all plump and perky, the pleats and precise as they were the first day it was worn. How do you feel about this dress?
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!)