Last week Princess Louise Marie’s dress was not a hit – between the fur, the colour, and the addition of the lace it rated only a 5.6 out of 10.
I’ve had this weeks post all ready for months, and then, just when I was about to launch it, the website where I had the photo stored experienced technical difficulties, so I can’t show you the dress until it restores. Grrrr…
So…my backup plan is to show you an intriguing child’s dress from 1885. It’s got it all: velvet, lace, smocking, ruffles, pleats, and the earliest example of child themed cartoon fabric used for children’s clothes that I am aware of.
All of this may not necessarily add up to a good thing though. What do you think?
Check out the fabric:
There are more views if you click through to V&A’s site.
What do you think? Is it a charming mix of 1880’s frills and childhood innocence or a clumsy mash-up of completely different themes?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
ETA: check out this painting from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa – it’s the cartoon in oils!