Last week’s Charles James Surrealist frock elicited some strong feelings from you raters. Some of you adored it, some of you hated it, and some of you adored some bits and hated others. The pleated front was particularly divisive: half of you were fans of the mastery of fabric manipulation, the other half of you thought it was a scary alien fabric explosion. Whether you liked it or not, James’ green frock was memorable, but came it at a rather bland 7.6 out of 10, which is what happens if you balance a bunch of raving 10s with a few ‘eww’ 3s!
One of the things that many of you commented on with the green frock was how terrible the mannequin was, and how much that affected your perception of the dress. With that in mind, I’ve picked a frock that may win the award for worst mannequin styling photo ever:
I’m pretty sure that comes straight out of a Dr Who episode…
Luckily, there are better images of the dress! And oh boy, for an era which is known for being white and demure, is this dress ever va-va-voom!
Check out that neckline!
And it plunges in back too:
I’ll let you discuss whether you think it would have been worn with all that skin on display (and presumably without a support garment, because there is simply nowhere for one to go!), or with some sort of modesty under-dress or chemisette.
The daring silhouette is balanced by delicate details and elaborately embroidery.
Those metallic motifs do look suspiciously like lips though…
What do you think? Previous white Regency frocks have been dismissed as overly sweet or frumpy, or just flat out boring. This one is more likely to be criticised for being overly sexy and provocative, and maybe a little too exciting.
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