Last week I showed you Barrocci’s young man in doublet and ruff, and the print of the doublet and the size of the ruff were just a bit too much for some of you, so the young man only managed a 6.8 out of 10. While I feel a bit sorry for the poor young man who had tried so hard, I was pleased that no-one seemed to be swayed by the fact that I’d raved about his outfit in a post only a week earlier!
This week I’ve picked an outfit that looks like it could have been from an alternative universe. Somewhere a bit steampunk-y perhaps….
This ensemble / dress in two parts of brown wool with paisley ‘blouse’ features trim in the paisley, and in a plush camel fabric.
The dress is typical of the fashions from between 1902-05, both in its silhouette, with slim sleeves, narrow shoulders, and an elegant skirt with suppltle drapes, and in its use of adventurous and inventive detailing.
The detailing is particularly adventurous in the bodice, with it’s faux half-over jacket. It’s made even more unusual in its choice of fabrics: dead muppet is not a fabric I usually associate with the Edwardian era.
What do you think? It is, admittedly, a rather strange and peculiar outfit. But strange and peculiar can be a good thing for a lady who wants to stand out as being distinctive, rather than generically pretty. So, for a sartorially adventurous lady, whether or not she was a lady adventurer, does this cut it? Or is it just too wacky for anyone to pull off?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.