Last week’s 186os child’s party frock created the usual divisions I’ve come to expect with historical children’s clothes: some of you liked it for a child, many of you thought it would be much better on an adult, many of you wanted it for yourself, and a few of you questioned if it was appropriate for a child. But overall, you liked it, and it rated an 8.6 out of 10. I agree, but only if you take off that hideous overskirt. With the overskirt my vote is only 4 out of 10!
For this week’s rate the dress my jumping off point is last week’s poll which asked you what your favourite fabric colour was. An overwhelmingly large percentage of you said blue (25 out of 52, compared to 11 out of 52, for green, the next runner up). Now I want to know if this abstract liking of blue fabric translates into liking an actual garment, or at least helps you to like it more.
So I present this blue trimmed blue tartan princess dress from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. According to the LACMA it is a young woman’s dress, which I presume means they think it was worn by a teenager. Or maybe it’s just very small in size, even for a Victorian dress.
Other than the novelty of the possible age of the wearer, the dress is classic late 1870s: slim lines, slightly bustled train, and details and pleats galore. Do you like it? Would you like it less if it were red tartan?
Rate the dress on a scale of 1 to 10