All posts tagged: 1870s

Gold silk dress with tiered, tasseled skirt Label- “Mrs. W. Wilds, Auburn, NY” American, ca. 1879-80, Silverman:Rodgers, KSUM 1983.1.156 ab

Rate the Dress: Tasselled fringe & gold

Last week’s dress was all sweet and serene. This week is the first full week back at Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School. All our new students have arrived, and we’re back into the swing of things. So I’m feeling a bit more dramatic. And what’s more dramatic than gold and tassels? Last Week: a 1790s over-robe in pale pink Most of you loved last week’s Regency over-robe, and thought it was a perfection in pink. And then some of you thought it was a bit….boring. The Total: 9 out of 10 Still a very, very good score, but not as good as the preceding weeks. This week: ca. 1880s tiers of tassels This week’s dress is VERY natural-form-to-second bustle-era Victorian. Trim and textures and layers upon layers. The pleats and tasselled fringe and metallic embroidery and damask silk and lace are all held together by a single colour scheme: a medley of apricot and gold. So what do you think? Dramatic but elegantly harmonious, or tasselled tackiness? Rate the Dress on a Scale of …

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Rate the Dress: Bustle Era Border Print

Last week’s Rate the Dress was an evening dress for an event that didn’t usually call for evening wear. This week’s Rate the Dress is a morning dress for…well, presumably exactly what a morning dress was usually worn for. Last Week: a 1920s evening-dress as wedding-dress  Last week’s wedding dress may have been a very unconventional choice, but it was a successful one! Almost everyone loved it, with the few slightly lower scores (it’s a good dress when 8 is the low score!) coming from people who just don’t like the 20s, and couldn’t quite get behind the corsage. The Total: 9.6 out of 10 Resounding approval for the brides pick! This week: a first-bustle-era morning dress in border-print cotton This week I present an 1870s morning dress in a striking border-print cotton with trompe l’oeil ruffle effect. In the 1870s a morning (not to be confused with mourning!) dress was an informal dress, usually made in less dressy fabrics, such as cotton. A morning dress was worn at home in the earlier part of the …

Ensemble, 1879, French, silk, glass beads, Metropolitan Museum of Art, C.I.51.23.1a–c

Rate the Dress: Red roses & rosettes

I’d intended this week’s pick for Christmas week, but it felt so right for this week you’re getting it early. I guess I’ll have to find something different and fun for next week! Last Week: a blue velvet robe de style by Poiret There was much discussion about last week’s dress and whether it was back to front on the mannequin, with most people leaning towards a high likelyhood that it was indeed on backwards. So, the dress was backwards, and the ratings were divided: if I broke the high scores and low scores in half at 6, We’d have two ratings: one of 9, and one of 4. But since I do a mean rating…. The Total: 7.7 out of 10 Sometimes the mean does not reflect the mode! This week: a natural form era in red silk with rosettes and roses Last week’s dress was all about simplicity and innovation. This week’s dress is anything but simple: It is, however, from another era that was all about experimentation and invention. The late 1870s were a …