Last week I showed you Felipe I, Duke of Parma, in his elaborate mid-18th century getup, all fur cuffs and ciselé velvet and brocade waistcoat and lace cravat and…
…you liked it! Perhaps, as Erin suggested, it was all about having the chin to pull it off, but between the excess and the chin and the dog, it all worked and Felipe rated a very respectable 8.9 out of 10. Now if only I could convince Mr D to wear it…
This week we’re looking at another kind of design excess. The end of the first decade of the 20th century was an interesting era, fashion wise, as garments transitioned from the exaggerated silhouettes and rich, massed details of the early Edwardian, to the more neoclassical inspired simplicity of the ‘teens. Colour-wise, the switch went the other way: the Edwardians had favored the pale pastels of the Neoclassical & Rococo, ‘teens fashions took their colour cues from the wild combinations and exotic hues of the Orient.
This dress, by New York dressmaker Mrs Dunstan, bridges these two trends, with a dress of pale ecru livened by touches of deep emerald green and layer upon layer of details.
Like so much of ca. 1910 fashion, this dress is all about the details: the layers of lace, tulle, and satin on the bodice, forming a faux bolero:
The soutache work on the bodice and hem:
The back fastenings, which echo the touches of green on the front of the dress:
The mad, tasseled belt effect:
What do you think? Does the contrast of pale ecru and deep green work, or is it too abrupt? What about the mass of details? Are they too much, or do they balance each other?
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