Last week I showcased a VERY pink, VERY 18th century influenced Worth gown. Some of you were sure it was a fancy dress gown, and some of you were equally sure it wasn’t. Some of you loved it, and some of you thought it was so dreadful it couldn’t possibly be a Worth. Very mixed reactions! The ratings evened out at 6.6 out of 10 – not terrible, but certainly not a glowing commendation of the House of Worth.
This week’s Rate the Dress is a dance-off: these two lovely ladies each posed as a dancer in almost the same outfit, but with slightly different details. Your job is to rate each dancer’s outfit, giving each of them a different rating (even if one is, for example, a 6 and the other a 6.5) Which will you find the prettier dancing frock?
The first model has the advantage of youth. She paired the dun and pink frock with a lace border around the neck and sleeves, self fabric sleeves, a rose-trimmed hat with matching palest pink ribbons, and an embroidered or lace apron. There are two plain rows of contrast trim around her skirt, and her bodice is decorated with a very wide zig-zag lacing effect. On her feet are white satin shoes with shiny buckles (don’t they look just like American Duchess Georgiana shoes?)
The second model is a bit older, and has gone for a more refined pose, with a self-assured tilt of the head. She paired her dun and peach pink dress with sheer puffed sleeves, a n embroidered or lace fichu and a plain sheer apron. Her hat trimmed with pink ruching which frames her face, a falling veil and long peach pink ribbons. Her skirt has three rows of ruched trim, and has slightly wider skirt supports than the first models. Her bodice is decorated with criss-cross faux lacing down the stomacher, and a faux waistcoat effect where it opens over the skirt. Her own white satin shoes peep out from underneath her skirt.
Two outfits, very similar, but with slight differences between the two. Which do you prefer? Who will win this dance-off?
Rate each Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10 (and remember that your ratings must be different from each other, if only by half a point!)