It’s the 20s again, and 1920s & 30s frocks are always what I think of when I imagine the perfect New Years outfit.* So this week’s Rate the Dress is a 20s dress for a festive event.
Last Week: an 1840s dress in striped silk
Last week’s rating were all over the place: a big chunk of 9s & 10s from people who loved the piecing and play of stripes; a smattering of middle ratings from those who liked it, but weren’t quite reconciled to the not-perfect pattern matching, the unusually low berthe, and the muted colours; and a few really, really low scores from people who didn’t like anything about it.
The Total: 7.8 out of 10
You can’t please them all!
This week: a 1920s dress
I think of ’20s frocks as the perfect New Year’s attire, but this week’s Rate the Dress is actually a garment for a different kind of ‘new’: a new beginning.
It’s a wedding dress, albeit an unusual blue sleeveless example that departs from the more common ’20s wedding dress trend, carried over from the Edwardian era, of a day dress (usually, but not always) in white or another very pale shade.
While coloured wedding dresses weren’t that uncommon in the Edwardian era and ’20s, evening dresses for wedding wear were. It’s possible that this dress may originally have had a matching jacket, which would have taken it from evening into formal day wear, but as it is it’s a distinctly avant garde example of a wedding dress.
The dress combines elements inspired by Medieval illuminated manuscripts, and Near Eastern architecture and tilework.
The blue evokes the colours of Moroccan tiles and the traditional hue of the Virgin Mary’s clothes. The beading and embroidery combine the arches and delicate latticework of Persia and the former Ottoman Empire with the more representational flowers and acanthus leaf scrolls of illuminated manuscripts.
What do you think? Do you like this slightly unexpected wedding dress, as a wedding dress, or a New Years frock? (still one hour to midnight in Hawai’i as I hit publish on this!)
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!)
* Although pyjamas are what I usually end up wearing. I’m not really a New Years person!