Rate the Dress: Making Music with Schiaparelli

Either I have lost my ability to find pictures of non-attractive historical frocks, or y’all have gotten soft in your ratings, because you like everything I have been showing you.  Cabanel’s young lady rated an 8.8 out of 10 (it would have been a nine, but she lost out for the limp lace), and the lady in red rated an 8.4 out of 10.

Will a 20th century frock continue the winning streak?  Or will Schiaparelli be a step too far?

Schiaparelli’s designs can never be accused of not being brave, and her 1939 music inspired collection was no exception.  This particular evening dress features musical notes embroidered in metallic thread, matching gloves, and a music box belt buckle.

Evening dress, Schiaparelli, House of Lesage, 1939. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

What do you think?  Would the dress help a pretty girl to be like a melody, or is it a bit out of tune?

Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10

Back to civilisation

After 13 amazing days touring the South Island of NZ, living out of a car and sleeping in tents and backpackers and wearing the same clothes over and over, it’s lovely to be back in civilisation, enjoying clothes and beds and technology.

And sewing!  I’m so excited about being back at my machine (though I did do hand sewing on the trip), and can’t wait to show you all the projects I’m working on.

I want to show you photographs too…but… my memory card failed.  And I have to take it to a computer shop and hope they can be recovered.


Say kiwi!

Rebecca in Regency

Rebecca was actually supposed to wear the Laurel dress for the talk on the 2oth of Nov, but I was so scatterbrained that day I tried to duplicate her and put her in two dresses, so she ended up in the Regency.

You know what though?  I think she looks lovely.

I loooooove the back of this dress!  And the hair ornamentations.

Madame Ornata lent me the shawl for the talk.  It’s a real Indian shawl embroidered with paisley designs.  Not an actual Kashmiri paisley shawl, but should I ever be lucky enough to afford one I probably won’t let models trail it around for photoshoots!

Rebecca is wonderfully elegant and graceful in this dress, and looks so tall and slim.

And I’m terribly envious of her profile too.  Look at that elegant nose!

She was a little shy in front of the camera sometimes though.  I had to tease her to relax.

As a result, some of the best photos of Becca are the casual ones Madame O took.

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