Last week I showed you a ca. 1910 evening dress in pale gold and ocean blue, with a fringed floral lei around the bodice. Your reactions were all over the place: love, hate, meh, so un-moved you couldn’t think of anything to say, likes with caveats – everything! And you liked and disliked totally different bits from person to person! A very interesting reaction – I’d love to have been in the room when it was first worn, to see what everyone thought of it then! As it was, more liked than didn’t, so it rated an impressive round 8 out of 10. It’s just hard to find a 1910s evening dress you don’t like!
This week I’m sticking with the theme of rather mad evening wear, but going back in time almost exactly a century. This 1809 Regency fashion plate for Evening Full Dress is full of quirky details: the horizontal bodice trim, the double layered sleeves. The van-dyked peplum, and mirrored van-dyking with tassels on the skirt. All accessorised with impressive ostrich feather hair plumes in a tiara, large earrings and a statement necklace, upper-arm bracelets, and the requisite long gloves and fan.
What do you think? Just quirky enough to be fabulous and interesting, or totally mad, and more suited to a costume ball than a dress ball?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.