Last week I was a little disappointed in the lack of interest in Ã‰lisabeth de Valois and her velvet dress. I thought it was a fascinating fashion choice, but it just wasn’t a good week for discussions. Those of you who commented did like it though – it came it at 8.6 out of 10, which was just off its most common rating (8.5). And it was a big hit as a pinterest pin, which is always a good indication of popularity!
This week, let’s return to the HSF as a source of inspiration for my Rate the Dress choices. The next fortnight’s theme is ‘Innovation’ and one of the most innovative fashion periods ever was the streamlined neoclassical styles of the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Few fashion innovations are introduced completely out of nowhere: there is often a period of transition, in which elements of the old style mingle with the new trend.
This dress represents both the innovation, and the transition: radical in its overall simplicity, it retains hallmarks of earlier 18th century styles.
I really regret not being able to find more images of this gown in particular. The tiny pleats or darts in the bodice beg to be examined in more detail. The front pleat gives a clue to the dress construction (does it hide a front opening?) but more images might reveal its secret. What does the back look like? What, exactly, is the trim around the hem?
For now, we’ll just have to speculate. At least we can decide if we think it is a sartorial win or not!
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.