Last week I showed you a fascinating yellow frock that celebrated the innovation of simplicity: the refinement of shape, silhouette, fabric, trim, and underclothes that characterise early 19th century fashions. Most of you were extremely impressed, and then a small group of you were completely unimpressed, and thought it boring. I began to see one of those scenarios where the rating comes out to be something that almost none of you rated, and I was right. 8.3 out of 10 might have been the average, but it reflects how few of you felt about it personally. (and thank you to Sabine for finding the proper link to the dress)
Those of you who didn’t like it thought the yellow dress last week was just too plain, simple and austere. So this week, I’ve picked something that is a wee bit more detailed:
At first, all the details on this dress just look daft: mameluke sleeves (now sadly crushed) and pleated trim, bizarre circular motifs arranged in pyramids on the skirt. The fabric looks dirty and discoloured with age, and the whole effect is just…odd. But then you look closer, and thing get…intriguing:
Like the fabric: a speckled brown, not dirty with age.
The patterns, not applique but are either jacquard woven en disposition (specifically for this dress) or, less likely, machine embroidery.
One of the motifs is circular, the other flower shaped, and they demonstrate a variety of different stitches: the full spectrum of stitches/weaves available to jacquard looms and embroidery machines. The mad details suddenly become a celebration of innovation: the design possibilities of the new machines. The brilliant blue trim of the bodice is also probably aniline dyed, in another nod to inventions.
Reveling in the all that is new and modern is all very well, but it doesn’t always translate into good design. What do you make of this dress, and its trendy new innovations?
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