Last week I posted a vibrant, exotic 1930s frock with a simple silhouette. Some of you were a little unsure of the bolero, both in length and decoration, and karenb went against the trend and flat out didn’t like it, but it got so much love from everyone else that it managed an more-than-respectable 8.5 out of 10.
This week let’s tone things way down (colour wise – ornamentation wise things are going to get a little busier) with a white themed ‘Rate the Dress’.
Perin-Salbreux’s ‘Lady in White’ is very white, from her powdered hair to her fashionably pale skin, through her pearl bracelets, white on white on white on white dress, and to the peep of white shoe. Her dress is probably part fancy dress, part fantasy, meant to conjure up images of the ancient maidens who the 18th century public imagined to have dressed constantly in white while garlanding altars to love with roses. The details of the outfit, though, are pure late 18th century: the shorter petticoat with deep ruffle, the puffed sleeves, the ‘poof’ trim, are all typical of the 1770s, though they aren’t always combined in one ensemble.
Regency frocks have a reputation for being ‘boring white dresses’, for their pale simplicity. Do all the frills and furbelows to our unnamed ladies dress keep it from being equally boring, or are white on white frocks nearly always yawn-worthy? Or are they even worse when they are white and frilly?
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