The week before last I showed you quite a challenging garment: a Schiaparelli dress. Last week’s offering of a 15th century Florentine ensemble in pink was perhaps not challenging enough: everyone loved it, but not enough to start any really interesting discussions around it. I think it was just pretty, with not much to say, or as Daniel noted “pleasant, with no punch.” Still, it came out in a rash of 9s & 10s, with only two 8s, for a total of 9.5 out of 10, which is pretty much a perfect score these days.
I’ve shown a few weeks of fairly restrained, muted garments, so I wanted to show you something with lots of colour this week. Hence this dress in rich, vibrant peacock blue, paired with a russet, orange and gold brocade on more peacock blue:
This dress is classic mid-late 1880s: saturated colour, bold patterning, asymmetry, a mix of draping and pleating, and a nod to the aesthetic movement with the ruching/smocking across the bodice and on the skirt panel. Oh, and a MASSIVE bustle, which I did not expect from the front view.
And it comes with it’s own matching paletot out of the brocade fabric:
Asymmetry is often unpopular on Rate the Dress, as are extremely striking, off the wall colour combinations. This dress is definitely punchy. How will it fare?
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