I have no idea what the final verdict on La Belle Otero’s risque ensemble was. I’ve been lying on the beach* instead of blogging, so this post is a pre-written post.
UPDATE: I’ve read the comments, tallied the post, and La Belle Otero scrapes in at above average with a fairly unanimous 6 out of 10.
This week we look at a real dress from a much maligned fashion period. This 1820s frock features elaborate ruffles and ruching on sheer striped silk organza-like fabric. According to the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s a ball gown, though I don’t know about the long sleeves for a ballgown.
In any case, some early American would have worn it to elegant soirees, hoping to look elegant herself. But did she look elegant? Or just silly?
Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10
* Well, weeding pineapples and slapping at mosquitos is probably more likely, but the important part is I haven’t been near a computer.