Your reaction to last week’s blue & grey 1920s ensemble depended hugely on whether you like the 1920s or not. There were a lot of 10s, and a lot of 2s and not a lot in between. They balanced out at 7.4 out of 10 (because there were slightly more 10s), but in some ways I think the outfit was far more successful than that, just for being such a simple collection of pieces which provoked such a strong response. (and thanks Carol for giving the ensemble a face to go with it!)
I do apologies for the slight lateness of this post. I was exhausted last night and decided that if something had to go, it was blogging. So slightly delayed, here is this week’s dress, chosen because it is the complete opposite to last weeks practical, restrained, über-modern sporting ensemble.
This Worth frock is frivolous, decadent, utterly feminine, and unabashedly historical: liberally borrowing from 1780s and 90s fashions for it’s inspiration. The late Georgian influence is so literal (the open skirt, the straight front with double-breasted buttons, the black sash, fichu, and bum-rump) that I sometimes wonder if the gown wasn’t designed as fancy dress. And yet, so many of those elements of the 18th century were also the height of fashion at the turn of the 20th century. The open skirt, faux or real, is a common feature of gowns from the 1880s onwards. The straight front was just coming into vogue with the S-bend corset. The fichu echoes the high puffed sleeves so popular in the late 1890s. For all that, the gown is far more of a look backwards than a snapshot of the height of 1900s mode.
What do you think? Do you like the simplicity of line paired with the slightly over the top colour? The nod (well, more a full on bow) to the 18th century? Or is the whole thing too obvious in its aesthetic, and too obviously in its inspiration?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10