Last week I posted a 1920s takes on 18th century dress that was a robe, that was a take on robes. With the exception of two of you who found it whimsical, you were not impressed. The consensus was that are good ways to do historicism, and good ways to do robe de styles, and that poor frock was neither, from the colours to the mash of details. The only things you liked were the reticule, and (perhaps) the embellishment. It rated a truly abysmal 2.4 out of 10.
This week I’m avoiding historicism, and looking at the other kind of robes: a wrapper, the pre-cursor to the modern bathrobe. This wool wrapper from the 1860s is all modernism. Well, 1860s modernism, borrowing elements from very avant garde Eastern textiles, using the latest prints, and the latest colours with its striking combination or orange, black, pink gold and distinctive quilted teal trim.
What do you think? Cozy and cutting edge, with a nice nod to China in the trim and frog fastenings and classicism in the print of the fabric? Or another mish-mash of colours and trims and inspiration?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
(And, once again this week I am throwing myself at your mercy as amazing internet sleuths. Where does this image come from? All I’ve been able to come up with is pinterest, which links to tumblr (and not even an individual tumblr site, just tumblr.com), and other searches only come up with spam sites that make me very grumpy indeed. I would love to be able to provide a proper link to its original museum!)