All posts tagged: 1820s

Rate the Dress: Oh So Sweet 1825

Last week’s New Years Rate the Dress was a glam-but-slightly quirky Vionnet gown with a bow-trimmed lace overdress and a gold lamé slip.  Some of you didn’t like the bows because they were bows, and some of you didn’t like them because of the under-bust placement.  Overall most of you thought it was rather fabulous, but the bow aversion pulled the rating down to 8.3 out of 10, rather than something more impressive. Since the main objection to last week’s dress was the bows, which some of you dislike on principle for their connotations of little-girl saccharinity, this week I’ve picked a dress that, while it is completely devoid of bows, is in complete contrast to the sophistication and sexiness of last week’s frock by being just about as sweet as you could possibly get without covering a dress in bows. This 1825 ball dress is pink and white, and features typical mid 1820s embellishment like heavy lower skirt trims, combined with the equally fashionable Renaissance-inspired historicism in the form of faux front-lacing, sleeves which manage to …

Rate the Dress: Regency daisy chain

Last week I showed you a full-steam-ahead 1870s dress, crammed with all the tassels, pleats, lacing and trimming it could possibly hold: right up to the parasol pocket.  I guessed correctly that a lot of you would go totally gaga over it, and there was an impressive swathe of 10s.  But a surprising amount of you held back and couldn’t quite commit to a full score, and so there were an equal number of 8 & 9s, and just a few who weren’t quite convinced, bringing the dress in at a still-impressive 9.2 out of 10. Personally, I’m in the minority in feeling that there is something not quite resolved about that dress: a bit of imbalance in the colour arrangement that kept my eye stuck on one spot, and when I really pulled back and tried to look at the whole there were all these little tiny things that just niggled at me (and, like Cathy, I couldn’t dismiss the sneaking suspicion I would hate the front).  It’s like a movie where the actors are so good and …

Rate the Dress: Trendy 1820s

Last week I showed you a late 1880s Worth gown in blond lace and creamy pink feather patterned brocade.  A few of you loved it, but most of you felt it was pretty ‘meh’ for the 1880s.  As for me, there were some things about the dress that I love SO MUCH (the brocade!  the sleeves! that bustle) that I both struggled to see beyond the things that weren’t well done (ugh.  that lace swag.  And the weird awkward level of the brocade line on the bodice) and hated them all the more for ruining the potential.  Not surprisingly, the frock only came in at a 6.8 out of 10.  Try harder Jean-Phillipe! This week’s dress is like a sample of all the things that were ‘on trend’ (humble apologies) in the later 1810s & 1820s. It’s the classic all-white frock, with a bit of military-inspired (maybe with a hint of Renaissance historicism) lacing up the front.  There is more Renaissance inspired historicism in the puffed sleeves with ‘slashed’ inspired lace.  The neckline is classically influenced, taking …