I’m sometimes a bit sad when lots of people rate Rate the Dresses based on how a frock would look on them personally. For me, a huge part of the joy of historical fashions is that there is a look and an era for every figure, and they allow me to enjoy all sorts of shapes that don’t look good on me, but do look spectacular on others (the world would be so boring if the only clothes available were ones that looked good on me).
So last week’s discussion on the richly brocaded 18th century gown, and how it really did look better on one particular figure, and how many of you rather liked it for that, was an absolute delight. I’ve got to say though, I may not have the figure it looked best on, but I would wear that dress in a heartbeat, and lots of you agreed with me, because it rated a rather nice 8.4 out of 10, loosing a few points, perhaps because, as Daniel pointed out, it was gorgeous but still generic.
Switching our attention to this weeks offering, it’s a pretty good guess that if the title of the post is ‘Whoa…that’s plaid!’, the dress is going to date from ca. 1860. Today’s dress to rate does nothing to change that expectation.
This 1859-60ish confection of taffeta and striped picot-edged bows is made from very large plaid in shades of green and ivory with narrow pink stripes.
Quite coincidentally, this dress, like last week’s frock, and the suit from the week before, from the MFA Boston. I’ve been on quite a roll with their collection lately. I’m not trying, but every time I find a frock that says something quite interesting (if not necessarily tasteful) to me, it just happens to be from the MFA.
What does the dress say to you? I know a number of raters mentioned last week that they weren’t that fond of green. Plaid can also be a bit touch-and-go on Rate the Dress, and this is a particularly distinctive, assertive plaid in its scale. Does the expanse of skirt excuse the size of the plaid? Do the bows keep it sweet and dainty, despite the boldness of the individual elements?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10