Last week I posted a ruffled 1850s dress in muted mauves and puce. Some of you found it far too frilly and fussy, others too muted and boring. Some though, found it oddly appealing, strangely compelling, and liked it in spite of themselves, which is exactly how I feel. It came it at 6.9 out of 10
This 1920s evening coat is attributed to Paul Poiret. The construction is quite fascinating when you study it, and I strongly suspect it breaks down into a series of rectangles, so perfect for ‘Squares & Rectangles & Triangles‘. It’s also got some slight Orientalist overtones.
I’m afraid the display is letting it down slightly. I imagine it being worn over a full length silk sheath, perhaps something a bit Fortune-y. Or maybe this dress (would pairing Poiret & Vionnet be a bit too much?). You’ll just have to imagine the coat as a full ensemble, or judge it on its merits as a single garment, without being distracted by bare legged mannequins.
What do you think? Do you like the bold red and black? The clever, intellectual construction, with touches of extravagant detailing? Or is it too conceptual – trying too hard to be witty and clever? And does the minimalist cut jar too much with the little elaborations: the tassels and embroidery? You decide!
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