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Rate the Dress: All that Glitters, 1908

Last week’s Rate the Dress was so dark and heavy that I really wanted a light coloured, light feeling frock to balance it out. I couldn’t find something that was as light and frothy as I’d hoped – but this beaded and be-spangled ca. 1908 evening gown is certainly a contrast to last week. Last week: a very short-waisted ca. 1855 afternoon dress No consensus on whether the dress might have been a maternity gown, but lots of discussion of the non-mirrored front (as expected – not a point winning feature). The general feeling was the fabric was so lovely, and the dress was overall rather elegant. The Total: 8.4 (I’m mildly amused that this weeks rating is 8.4 – both numbers that always look like they are pregnant to me!) This week: a ca. 1908 evening dress covered in metallic embroidery & beading Augusta Auctions describes this strikingly beaded frock, with its streamlined silhouette, as a ball gown. With that elaborate train, it’s not exactly practical for dancing, but it definitely would have been worn …

Rate the Dress Mid-Century Maybe-Maternity

Today’s Rate the Dress pick was chosen because it’s a garment that has fascinated me for years. There are so many mid-century gowns that museums claim were maternity dresses, where I really don’t see it. It’s just a wrapper, or a dress in a larger size, or… The Met doesn’t claim that this dress dress was a maternity dress, but gosh, that waistline is high… Last week: an 1780s gown with an embroidered hem Wow! I thought last week’s dress was very pretty indeed, but I didn’t expect the outpouring of adoration that it received! You loved every detail, from the not-quite symmetrical embroidery, to the vandyked bodice trim. You just wanted to see it fully styled, with fichu and bows. The Total: 9.7 In Rate the Dress, anything about a 9.5 is as close to perfection as you can get! This week: a very short-waisted ca. 1855 afternoon dress The Met’s description of this afternoon dress is very simple and generic, and makes no mention of how unusually high the waist of this dress is. …

Robe à l’anglaise ca. 1780 From the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti via Europeana Fashion

Rate the Dress: Georgian embroidery

Last week I drove from Wellington to Gisborne, 9 hours drive up the eastern coast of North Island, and back, and was reminded again how stunningly gorgeous New Zealand is. The country is currently bedecked in autumnal splendour: end of season flax flowers standing in stark black against the sky, pampas grasses blushing pink and champagne and silvery lavender, the occasional stands of deciduous trees in a blaze of colour, meadows returning to lush green with the resumption of rain, and sudden storms bringing exhilarating downpours and rainbows at the end. So my Rate the Dress pick for this week comes in all these colours: though it’s not a style of dress that was ever worn in New Zealand! Plus, the totals are (finally) in for the feather bedecked confection of the week before! Last week: an 1870s dress in pale pink and ivory, with historical touches The general reaction to last week’s dress was that it just didn’t quite get the balance right. Something was missing, or was there that shouldn’t be, for almost …