Dear Readers, I apologise that this dress is late. It is late for the very best of reasons though: yesterday was my Afternoon Tea benefit talk for Save the Children at Premier House. When that finished at 4, we had to get undressed, I had to grab a bite of dinner, and then at 6 I taught a Beginners Sewing class. And I just may have been up into the wee smalls finishing things the night before. Just maybe.
So I’m a little bit tired, and went to bed early, and got up late, so the post is a bit late.
Re: Last weeks 1930s dress on Myrna Loy. The official rating is a 7.8 out of 10, but I really don’t think the dress deserves it, because most of you were too bored by it to vote (also it had waist ruffles (oops, did I just betray a prejudice!?)). Those who really love 1930s weighed in, but there was a distinct lack of interest in the comments. Alas, I have no way to calculate dress-induced ennui, so all I can do is present items which I hope you will find very interesting (though maybe not this interesting), and let the chips fall as they may.
So, because I hope you fill find it interesting, and to keep in-theme, this week’s Rate the Dress is a tea gown.
This Liberty of London example from the Metropolitan Museum of Art demonstrates the classic tea gown elements: historicism, pastels, froth, and a slightly relaxed silhouette. The daisies scattered across the skirt give a nod to Aestheticism, but the back bustle is pure fashion. The short sleeves over longer under sleeves references both the favourite tea gown inspiration era: the 18th century, and Liberty’s more usual Medieval influence.
I once showed you another daisy and peach gown, and you weren’t very complementary. Will this example fare better?
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