Last weeks I showed you a Hattie Carnegie dress in pale pink & green, as worn by the 60ish Electra Havemeyer Webb, sparking an interesting discussion about colour, age, and when is pink too pink. The outfit copped some criticism for the colour scheme (Rate the Dress history on this blog suggests that pink + green isn’t always a classic scheme), for being too shiny (that’s satin for you: even in silk it has a lustre!), and for not looking comfortable, but it came in at a comfortable 7.7 out of 10.
This week I’ve picked another two-tone outfit, but one that takes the idea in a very different direction. In contrast to the simplicity of last week’s dress, this champagne and black dinner dress by Mon. Vignon is the epitome of Victorian detailing, with every square inch of fabric patterned, beaded, ruched, pleated, trimmed, fringed, and otherwise ornamented:
The front of the dress features a ruched panel down the skirt and bodice, framing the bodice buttons, and surmounted by a black bow at the bust:
Even the buttons are detailed, with wrapped threadwork:
The neckline is edged with lace, fine pleating, and an elaborate beaded border. Plus, there is a collar, and a rose:
The rest of the dress is not left to languish unadorned. The train is bordered with black velvet swags, and beaded and tasselled fringe sways round the hem and climbs up the side of the skirt.
Underneath the fringe, there are layers of fine pleating:
The dress dress is definitely a paean to the idea that more is more is more.
Is it too much?
What do you think?
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