Last week I showed you a flower-strewn frock by Jean-Phillipe Worth, one that might have been a little too frilly and feminine, but which most of you found fabulous.
While I don’t think Worth, original or JP, quite as infallible as some of you did, I wasn’t surprised that this frock received high accolades. Â One of two of you flat-out hated the dress, and there were a few complaints about the symmetrical placement of motifs over the bust, the overall fussiness of the bust, and the colour of the creamy silk and blonde lace (I definitely don’t agree that the dress has faded over time – all the different layers of dark ivory matched too well, and were too true, for age to have changed them substantially), but the frock still managed an 8.7 out of 10.
Can this week match that?
This fortnight’s theme on the HSF is Literature, and I was rather at a loss as to how that could fit in with Rate the Dress. Â In looking for inspiration, I found this afternoon dressÂ from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Â The tanÂ silk is the colour of aged paper, and the red trim reminds me of the covers of so many books. Â Just looking at it makes me want to curl up with a fine bit of literature.
The years have rather sadly crushed the dress, but hopefully you can imagine it in its original pristine condition, and judge it on that.
What do you think of that tan silk pairedÂ dark red piping which highlights the square neck, the 18th century inspired sleeves, the pointed basque bodice, the ruffled hem, some rather random ruched areas, and the liberal scattering of bows? Â Does it remind you of your favourite old book, or just look old and faded?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10