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Bartholomew Dandridge (British, 1691-1755) Portrait of a girl with basket of flowers, ca 1740

Rate the Dress: Bartholemew’s Beauty in Bizarre Silks

This week’s Rate the Dress is chosen from one of my favourite historical eras of all time – at least where fabric is concerned!  Will it be as popular as last week’s smash-hit Pingat? Last week: A very large Pingat ballgown  The very large Pingat ballgown received an equally large and enthusiastic response.  The only things it was marked down for were the overly-enthusiastic berthe (as an underly endowed woman, I cannot sympathise, as I need all the help I can get from berthe in 1860s dresses!), and the ‘bookmarks’ on the skirt (another thing I can’t sympathise with.  Secret book geek dress sounds like pretty much the best thing ever.  Even the colours were book themed!) The Total: 9.6 out of 10 Undercover nerd dress ftw!  Would wear blue silk stockings with any day of the week! This week: An unknown young lady of ca. 1740 We don’t know the identity of this young lady, or when exactly Bartholemew Dandridge painted her portrait, but we can tell a bit about her from the clues …

Ball gown, Emile Pingat (French active-1860–96) ca. 1864, French, silk, Metropolitan Museum of Art C.I.69.33.12a–c

Rate the Dress: An enormous Pingat ballgown

I enjoyed looking for examples of Pingat creations so much while writing my review of ‘My Official Wife’ that I had to choose one for today’s Rate the Dress.  To give a contrast to the ca. 1890s fashion of Savage’s novel, and the almost-modern dress Adrian dress from last week, I went with an 1860s ballgown big enough to smuggle an entire aviaries worth of budgerigars underneath. Last week: A cubist inspired Gilbert Adrian evening ensemble An interesting, but not surprising, mix of reactions to the Adrian dress.  I say not surprising, because I had a little spare time (for once!) when I wrote the rate the dress, and a made a list of predictions of what would be said – and you hit every one of them, from muddy colour complaints to notes of wrinkles (sans a comparison to mushrooms 😉 ).  And added the bit about it reminding you of Neapolitan ice cream. I’m glad I wasn’t quite alone in thinking that a bit of mint makes Neapolitan so much better. The Total: 7 …

Woman's Ensemble (Cape, Blouse, and Skirt) Gilbert Adrian (United States, active California, Los Angeles, 1903-1959) United States, California, 1945, Rayon plain weave (crépe), rayon satin-back crepe, 56.14.5a-c

Rate the Dress: Wearing Adrian’s Modern Museum

This week Rate the Dress is all about innovation: a very modern outfit, inspired by very modern art, paired with something I’ve never done in Rate the Dress before: the same ensemble from two different museums. Last week: A harlequin print 1820s dress Some of you found last week’s red & yellow 1820s number as much a harbinger of joy as I did, but not everyone was convinced.  Some of you, in fact, found it a source of vexation – you couldn’t get on board with the mix of grainlines, and the seemingly arbitrary tucked seams.  And others just hated the fabric and silhouette. The Total: 6.6 out of 10 How evil This week: A cubist inspired Gilbert Adrian evening ensemble This week’s Rate the Dress pick is a 1945 Gilbert Adrian evening ensemble from his Modern Museum Collection. In addition to fabulous costumes for Hollywood movies, Adrian designed glamorous ready-to-wear outfits – often with a very theatrical twist. Because Adrian’s outfits were ready-to-wear, they existed in multiples, and copies of some of his most famous …