Last week most of you loooooved the late 1870s gold dress, with its asymmetry and embellishment. But some of you found the asymmetry off-putting, or the restrained colour a bit dull, dragging the rating down to 7.4 out of 10.
I actually really wanted to show you something 1930s this week – something bright and modern and Art Deco. But I couldn’t find a single garment that took my fancy, so I’ve decided on a Rate the Dress that is a retaliation against other clothing that doesn’t take my fancy: modern menswear. Modern male clothing is sadly devoid of embellishment, but that hasn’t always been the case.
This 1670s formal suit from the V&A, worn to the wedding of James, Duke of York, is extremely embellished, with almost every surface covered in gilt embroidery. Despite this, the suit looks subdued, but this is a bit misleading: the green background fabric has faded at least a few shades, and would have contrasted with the vivid flame (that quintessential later half of the 17th century colour) cuffs, and the bright gold and silver embroidery. I imagine flame bows on the shoes as well.
Would that be fabulously bright, or Christmas cracker? Let’s see:
What do you think? Do you love the embellished man? Do you like it better bright or subdued? Are embellishments all the thing, but the silhouette, with the full breeches, just a bit too much?
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