All posts tagged: 1920s

Afternoon dress, Jean Patou, silk, wool, beading, 1919-22, sold by Augusta Auctions October 25 2017

Rate the Dress: 20s paisley by Patou

This week’s Rate the Dress pick, a beaded paisley 1920s number by Patou, continues on the 1900-1924 Edwardian & the Great War #greatwarmarch theme, carried over from Instagram. 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) Last week: a late Edwardian dress in pink velvet and lace Reactions to last week’s Rate the Dress were quite simple.  They came in two varieties: #1 “I love it!” (average rating: 10) and #2 “I’m not sure about all those materials and elements together” (average rating 7). The Total: 9.2 out of 10 Clearly the loves outweighted the unsures! This week: While I picked this dress because I was looking for something ’20s that was a nice contrast to last week’s pink & lace number, this dress is also a fascinating counterpoint to the the 1810s beaded dress from two weeks ago: Both dresses feature a simple cut enlivened by vivid embroidery: the 1810s on Empire white, this on ’20s black. Both dresses …

Rate the Dress: ca. 1925 Royal Flush (possibly by Poiret)

It would be hard to match last week’s Rate the Dress pick for sheer impact, so this week I’ve selected something a little simpler: a mid ’20s evening dress with a sense of fun and whimsicality, and a possible provenance to Poiret.  Will you find it no less loveable (or no less hateable)?  Let’s find out! Last week: a c. 1892 Pingat ‘tea dress’ or tea gown I knew when I posted the Pingat tea gown that it was going to elicit very strong reactions, good or bad.  Some of you just loved it.  Some of you loved it for sheer chutzpah.  Some of you thought it was hideous, but were impressed by the design impact.  And some of you thought it was just hideous. (I fell into camp 3.  I couldn’t help but to admit the dress was effective, but I just couldn’t like it!). The Total: 8.5 out of 10 Forget the dress rating.  Go check out the comments!  10/10 for those! This week: a ca. 1925 playing card themed evening dress, possibly by …

Doucet does Cubism

Rate the Dress: Doucet does Cubism

It’s Rate the Dress time!  This week we move from exoticism to modernism.  How will the transition go? Last week: an 1840s evening gown with Ottoman-esque embroidery Not only did most of you like last week’s 1840s gold-& floral embroidered evening gown, but the comments unearthed lots of fascinating information about it, and Ottoman inspired embroidery.  Go have a read of them! There were a few niggles about the ‘clunky’ gold trim down the front of the dress, so which brought the rating down a wee bit. The total: 8.1 out of 10 Not too bad! This week: an early ’20s Doucet ensemble We usually associate Doucet with his frothy Edwardian creations, but he was designing well into the 1920s.  His garments continued to change with, and reflect the times, while always linking back to the same passion. Doucet, above all, was an art connoisseur.  His fashion creations were influenced and inspired by his love of art.  He continued to keep abreast of the latest innovations in art, and particularly loved Cubism.  He bought directly …