All posts tagged: Worth

Rate the Dress: Worth IV does Zig-zags

Last week Fidelo summed up your reaction to the purple, orange and green 1870s frock perfectly: “This should not work. It really should not work at all. The fact that it does is genius.”  And because it was genius, you gave it a rating of 9.3  out of 10, which is pretty much as close as we’re ever going to get to perfect! This week, I’m presenting a very different dress from a very different era, but I feel it has some of the same elements that made last week’s dress so successful: unusual choice of colour or pattern, clever construction, a balance of structure and femininity, and just a wee bit of cheek. This dress is also a fun one to present, because it’s by Roger Worth, the great-grandson of CF Worth, and one of the last designers of the House of Worth (the last was his brother Maurice).  You haven’t much cared for the second and third generations of Worths, but what about the fourth?  Did Roger manage to return to his great-grandfather’s greatness? …

Rate the Dress: Worth of 1875

UPDATE: Five months late I am happy to tell you that Anne of Denmark rated a 7.5 out of 10, and that while not all of you loved the dress as a dress, you all agreed that Anne was rocking it, and had the attitude to pull off pretty much anything.  Sounds like Anne grew into her style! I think this Worth afternoon dress transitions nicely from Anne of Denmark’s dress last week.  There is something every so slightly reminiscent of the early 17th century in the deep neckline and the front bow, and the whole extremely sculpted silhouette is something it shares with the late Elizabethan. The overall look, however, is quite late Victorian, with its abundance of construction details and overall impression of upholstery.  You rather liked our last ‘upholstery’ Rate the Dress.  What do you think of this one? How do you feel about the two shades of dark teal green with touches of gold?  The bows front and back?  The asymmetrical fringed apron drape? Rate the Dress on a Scale of …

Rate the Dress: Worth Jr in the afternoon

Last week you heathens didn’t like the rosettes on Anne of Denmark’s pastel frock.  You compared them to radiation warning symbols and, despite the number of people who irrationally liked the dress in spite of itself (me included), it only rated a 6.6 out of 10.  Poor Anne.  What is it with you guys and bows!?! This week I’m going to challenge you by combining something you usually loathe (bows), and something you usually love (Worth).  Previous Worth Rate the Dress’ have elicited the comments ‘Worth can do no wrong’ and “I’m going to marry Worth and have his children.” I’ve thrown in another twist with this dress though.  It may be a Worth, but it’s not a Charles Frederick Worth, because the business had passed to his son.  So does your opinion that Worth is always fabulous apply to Jean-Phillipe Worth as well? And does it apply to an ecru lace dress with an orange sash with a rosette and black bows down the front? Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to …