All posts tagged: 1900s

Rate the Dress: Edwardian pink and Lace

Wearing History and I are hosting Edwardian & the Great War March on Instagram: (TagL #greatwarmarch) for all of March, carrying on from American Duchesses’ Victorian February and Dames a la Modes Georgian January. If you’re on IG you can join us by sharing anything relevant to the daily theme from between 1900-1924 and tagging @wearinghistory and I (@thedreamstress) To celebrate, March’s Rate the Dresses will be themed to those years. There is a ton of variations in fashion from between 1900-1924, so I don’t think you’ll get bored! Last week: a beaded ca. 1810 dress No one could deny that the beading on last week’s dress was exceptional.  Some of you found the dress itself a little nightgown-y.  That beading definitely wouldn’t have been fun to sleep on! The Total: 8 out of 10 Mostly I think for the beading!  Without it the dress wouldn’t be anything. This week: a late Edwardian dress in pink velvet and lace Dress, ca. 1910, From the collection of Alexandre VassilievThis afternoon or restrained evening dress combines the lush romanticism of …

Rate the Dress: Moss Green Edwardian Velvet

It’s been so hot in Wellington for the past month, and I long for walks in cool green forests, and mossy swathes under pine trees, and babbling brooks.  Meanwhile, I know that some of you in the Northern Hemisphere are dealing with unusually cold temperatures.  So for this week’s Rate the Dress I chose a moss green velvet Edwardian dress that would hopefully appeal to all of us: cozy enough for winter, in a colour that makes us think of cool things in the summer heat! Last week: a pink and gold and so-many-florals française Well, for once you were totally unanimous about one aspect of a garment: the silver-trimmed stomacher that the MFA Boston had paired with the pink floral française was just terrible.  Daniel dubbed it a ‘Brillo pad’ and now I’ll never unsee that…  (also his comment included a truly terrible pun, and I always adore those!). Other comments were mixed between loving and not loving the trim, and loving the pleats, but not the very square paniers (always a hangup with formal française). …

Rate the Dress: Doucet goes for gold

Happy New Years! To celebrate the holiday, I’ve picked a Rate the Dress suitable for wearing to a grand New Years event: a glimmering gold number by Doucet. Last week: a ca. 1821 afternoon dress in red & green I really wondered how last week’s zig-zagged 1820s dress would go.  The 1820s have not exactly been popular in Rate the Dress.  And that fabric was, by any stretch of the imagination, obnoxious.  (I should point out that I sometimes love obnoxious!).  The fabric definitely lost the dress some points.  But other raters felt that the obnoxious fabric somehow balanced the weird 1820s details perfectly – gaining it points.  One thing most could agree on was that the hem ruffles weren’t working. The Total: 8.1 out of 10. Respectable, but not fabulous.  Better than the 1910s dress of the week before.  It’s not often 1820s beats 1910s! This week: a Doucet evening dress in glittering gold organza: This Doucet evening dress might have been worn to a New Years eve ball.  Perhaps in 1900!  It’s just glittery …