Everybody knows that the 1910s are my favourite decade, and it’s been a while since I featured one on Rate the Dress, so that’s this week’s theme.
But of course, while I might like the decade, I don’t love every example… Is this week’s pick one you’ll like?
Last Week: an 1860s day dress in raspberry pink
Well, when it comes to last week’s dress, you all agree with Maggie Prescott – it’s time to #thinkpink!
The Total: 9.4 out of 10
This week: A 1910s dress in devoré velvet and metallic lace
Last week’s dress was big, with bold design flourishes. This week I’ve gone for the slim, sleek lines of the 1910s, with an evening dress in devoré velvet and metallic lace.
The layers of different fabric, with contrasting textures of stiff lace, plush velvet, silky underlayers and glass beads, is typical of the aesthetics of the era.
Also typical is the mix of symmetry and asymmetry.
The front bodice is balanced: a shallow scoop of neck, and swooping winged sleeves of gold lace, all held with an oversized beaded embellishment.
The front beading is balanced by a large clip holding the back wrap, and more embellishment anchoring twin sashes of metallic gold.
It’s unclear if the back bodice is purposefully unbalanced, or simply mounted badly, with the back wrap off kilter.
What do you think? Is this example the epitome of late Edwardian elegance?
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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