All posts tagged: 1890s

Rate the Dress: 1890s Lady in Red

For last week’s Rate the Dress I presented an extremely sweet and feminine late 1870s frock, as painted by Jules James Rougeron.  Some of you were uncomfortable with the way the paintings subject was presented as a purely ornamental object to be admired and inspected, rather than as a person, and some of you were uncomfortable with how long the skirts were, and the effort it would take to drag them around, but mostly you really quite loved it.  Not entirely though – there was something a bit off, like a dessert that is just sugar, with no flavour to balance the sweet, which, like the weight of the hem, dragged the dresses rating down to a nice but not amazing 8.4 out of 10. This ensemble from the FIDM is just as fashionable for its period as last week’s frock, but quite different in mood.  The colour scheme has changed from sweet pastels to bold red and black.  The bustle has reduced, but the sleeves have ballooned into the extreme gigot shape seen in the middle of the …

Rate the Dress: Liberty Yellow

Much to my surprise, last week’s 1870s summer whites proved very popular. I can’t say they particularly did anything for me, though I enjoyed how much the outfit reminded me of Morisot and Clause in Manet’s The Balcony.  While it didn’t make my heart go pitter-pattern, I will admit that I do love it when you guys love something!  Enthusiasm is always attractive!  The enthusiasm (with slight reservations about the scale of embroidery) yielded the dress a perfect 9 out of 10.  Not as good as the week before, but still excellent. Since a few people mentioned that last week’s selection reminded them of a robe, and since I have Aesthetic dress on my mind thanks to Costume College, and yellow on my mind because yellow, this week I present a warm, cozy Aesthetic robe by Liberty of London. This garment completely rejects the fashionable nipped-waist and exaggerated sleeves of 1890s fashion, seen even in most tea gowns and other ‘relaxed’ garments of the era, for a loose, Renaissance inspired silhouette and shirred double-layer sleeves …

Rate the Dress: Emily Warren Roebling is presented at court, three ways

I’m running a bit late, so I haven’t tallied the totals for last week yet, but I’ll get to those shortly. For this week’s Rate the Dress I present someone who is undeniable awesome: Emily Warren Roebling.  Emily is famous as the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Her father in law started the bridge, but when he died her husband took it over.  He became extremely ill with decompression sickness, Emily looked at the bridge and though ‘yep, I can do this.’  For the next fourteen years, Emily oversaw every aspect of the bridge’s construction, from calculating the curves needed, to testing the materials used, to liaising with everyone from the workers to the politicians. When the bridge was finally finished, Emily didn’t rest on her laurels: instead she helped with relief efforts during the Spanish American War, helped organise a World’s Fair, travelled extensively, and got a law degree from New York University (while she was in her 50s or 60s).  As you do. Undeniably awesome! From a Rate the Dress awesome perspective, …