Well, I appear to be on a theme roll, because once again I’ve picked a dress with front view vs back view. This one is quite intentional though: it’s a tea gown with a specific over-robe effect.
Last Week: an early 1860s dress in blue floral silk
Last week’s dress was the opposite of the week before’s. A fortnight ago you liked the back view but not the front, last week you loved the front, but if you had any quibbles it was that you thought the additional back tails were awkward and misplaced.
The dress was also quite different to last weeks in that many of you absolutely loved it – somewhat to my surprise.
The Total: 8.9 out of 10
Not quite perfection, but getting there!
This week: an 1890s Liberty Tea Gown
This Liberty tea gown has all the classic elements that make a tea gown: a robe effect with an unbroken line flowing past the waist, rather decadent sleeves, and elements of exoticism and romantic historicism.
It’s no surprise this tea gown has so many typical elements, because Liberty was responsible for making them ubiquitous in tea gown design. Tea gowns were the garment that made Liberty famous beyond the world of the Aesthetic movement. Historicism, exoticism, and a move away from a silhouette based on a distinct waist were all hallmarks of Aesthetic dress, and when tea gowns became fashionable on a wider scale, they carried those elements with them.
So, what do you think of this ever-so-ubiquitous tea gown?
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!)