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White Crepe De Chine Afternoon Dress With Rose Velvet Waist Girdle, 1910-1915, Goldstein Museum of Design, 1977.031.004

Rate the Dress: Not-Quite Snow White & Rose Red 1910s Day Dress

We’ve been on a great run of high scores for Rate the Dress.  Last week’s dinner dress elicited lots of words like ‘smart’ and ‘restrained’ and ‘elegant’.  I feel pretty confident predicting that this week’s 1910s day dress won’t be getting quite those words – but there are other ways to compliment a frock!  Let’s see if it is compliments, or criticism. Last week: A ca. 1820 dinner dress in chiné silk As mentioned, very positive reactions. The Total: 9.2 out of 10 Another winner! This week: This week I’m going from dark to light, but to a garment and era that actually repeats many of the same shapes and design lines seen ca. 1820, just not in an immediately obvious way.  Start looking, and you’ll see how many are there, from the V-shaped upper bodice interest, to the horizontal hem embellishments. The long sleeves and general design of the dress mark it as daywear.  However, the layering of luxe silk and lace fabrics, and inclusion of the bold rose-red velvet sash are elements more typical …

Dinner dress, ca. 1820, British, silk, cotton, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.300.3370

Rate the Dress: Chiné for Dinner

My Rate the Dress choices have been all mixed up when it comes to themes lately: we had a ball, and than an evening in in a dressing gown, and now we’re having dinner, with an 1820s dress that is subdued from a distance, but interesting up close.  Can it keep up the string of 9+ ratings?  Let’s find out! Last week: An 1880s dressing gown While you loved the embroidery and the overall review was extremely positive, the dressing gown’s silhouette came in for a bit of criticism, as did the cord belt. Unfortunately for those who didn’t like it, I’m 90% sure the style of belt is accurate (and think there is a good chance the one shown is the original), based on images of similar robes in catalogues of the period.  I’ll have to do a bit of research and see if I can find the images I’m thinking of. The Total: 9.4 out of 10 It’s nice to know a dressing gown can impress almost as much as a lovely ballgown! (and …

Rate the Dress (ing gown)

This week’s Rate the Dress takes us from ballrooms, to bedrooms, with an formal dressing gown that I’ve dithered over showing to you for weeks, because what will you make of what is essentially a really, really, fancy bathrobe? Last week: a pale blue paisley ca. 1860 ballgown It was a fairytale ending for the 1860s ballgown, with everyone singing its praises and declaring it must have been made by a fairy godmother, because if there was ever a historically accurate Cinderella ballgown, that was it!  (with a few votes for Elsa). The Total: 9.8 out of 10 Almost perfect! (and really, that’s pretty much as close to perfection as RTD is likely to get). This week: An 1880s dressing gown This embroidered dressing gown is a fantastic example of the type of goods that were made in Japan for the Western market. It features lavish embroidery that combines both a Japanese and Western aesthetic. Although there is a very slight nod to the idea of a kimono, the silhouette and pattern shapes are predominantly Western. …