Last week the usually popular 1910’s wasn’t quite so popular. Â The collar was compared to an ectoplasm, and the whole thing was deemed disjointed. Â Despite this, it rated a not-totally-abysmal 5.2 out of 10, mostly because a few of you redesigned the dress in your mind and then rated the redesign! Â That’s cheating! Â At least give me a rating before the redesign to work from!
This week I wanted to show you something that would knock your socks off: something of utter gorgeousness that you would all be compelled to rate 10 out of 10. Â Unfortunately, despite the fact that I come across completely covet-worthy frocks all the time, finding one on demand is difficult.
So I’m showing you something I have had in my ‘rate the dress’ folder for months.
This is Elizabeth Taylor as a spoiled southern belle in 1957’sÂ Raintree County. Â Turns out Vivien Leigh didn’t have a total monopoly on playing those. Â In the film she gets to wear a completely over-the-top, pink-and-white, 1950s-does-late-1850s frock, complete with matching parasol and massive hat.
The film clips and still photos show it in two slightly different colours: pale pink or orchid, but whatever shade it was, you still get the idea of utter femininity: the ultimate ruffle and bow covered princess dress. Â There is even a doll based on it:
Ignoring the doll’s dress (because cheap satin and an inexplicably ostrich-feather covered hat are not going to help the rating!), what do you think of Liz Taylor’s answer to the iconic green picnic dress? Â Does it capture all the excess and romance of the years just before the war, or is it just a dreadful 1950’s pastiche?
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