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Rate the Dress: Green and Black in 1928

Whew!  Wedding fever is over, and I’ve gotta tell you, I’m a little sick of white and lace and really sick of the news over-analyzing every single aspect of the royal wedding.

So lets move away from weddings and fancy dresses and look at something fresh and new and spring-green-y (or, possibly, dowdy and old and grandma-print floral, depending on how you feel about it.)

This week’s dress is a modest afternoon dress from 1928.  It’s an unusual colour combination, and a very typically non-body conscious 1920s cut, with touches like the pussy-bow collar which anticipate 1930s fashions.

Dress, 1928, Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’ve only ever presented one proper 1920s designs in my ‘Rate the Dress’, so I’m very interested to see how the decade fares in a wider scope.

Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10

Carolyn’s dress: The belt

I promised one more post on details from Carolyn’s dress while we wait for her to get married so you can see pictures of the whole dress in all it’s glory.

I’m naughty though, the only part of the dress I am really going to show you is the belt.

The belt is an important part of the design for Carolyn’s dress: it’s the focus of a lot of detailing and beading, and provides a visual break in the skirt and bodice.  We had to get the design for it just right.

This is what Carolyn drew:

A beaded and bejewelled belt

This is what I drew:

My design was heavily based on Carolyn's

The design needed to be finalised and polished once a buckle was selected.  This is the buckle we picked:

Isn't it gorgeous!

With the proportions and lines of the buckle in mind, I drew 6 different possible beading patterns:

6 designs drawn with the buckle in mind

Then I decided that the top two (A & B) sucked, and I re-drew them.

Much better!

This turned out not to matter at all, as Carolyn liked E best.  Clever girl!

I love the scale effect of pattern E.  It’s like a clever wink to the whole mermaid silhouette of the dress.

And this is what the finished belt looked like:

On the dress

The buckles and the beaded and sequined design

A touch of blue for the belt lining

A couple for Kate

In the last wedding post of my bridal binge, here are a couple more designs for dresses that Kate might have worn (had she more interesting taste and a historical inclination).

First, a sophisticated art deco inspired design from Lauren of Wearing History (don’t you love the lines over the hips?)

And then, my design, inspired by the 1799 wedding dress I loved so much, Princess Charlotte’s 1795 wedding dress, Queen Victoria’s 1840 wedding dress,  and Queen Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding dress.  With a tiny nod to Grace Kelly’s dress for good measure.

And the back and under-dress: