Ah, Maria Christina. That was quite a lot of ensemble last week! There was actually quite a lot of love for the dress itself, once you found it under all the STUFF. And most of you recognised that for an 18th and early 19th century monarch, in the days before Queen Victoria’s middle-class monarchy, overkill was probably exactly what was desired! So you gave MC and her mass of jewels and lace a 7.8 out of 10, which is a pretty decent nod of approval for an ensemble from the usually un-loved 1830s. (I think we can all agree that the necklace needed to go though!)
I generally do a Christmas-y/holiday-y themed frock for the Rate the Dress closest to Christmas: something in festive red velvet, or sumptuous white fur. A sparkling gala gown, a skating costume or a snuggly jacket with muff. But those are really an unrealistic depiction of the holiday around me. It’s summer in NZ – the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s time for warm-weather frocks!
So this years Christmas offering is a dress for an Antipodean holiday party: festive, but floral rather than furry, sumptuous but summery.
This 1940s Hattie Carnegie cocktail dress features black silk net with a twining garden of tambour embroidery in vermillion, peach, buttercup yellow, tangerine, celadon, spring green, and silvery blue.
The dress is probably late 1940s, and the design would have been a celebratory splash of colour and cheerfulness at the end of the war.
What do you think? Just the think for holiday parties in a warm climate? Or an odd combination of little-black-dress and bright colours?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10