Last week I showed you the wackiest Halloween costume: a bug-bedecked floral frock. Hana Marmotta correctly identified the bugs as may bugs, which frequently swarmed in Europe in the 19th century, which gives a bit more insight into the joke behind the frock. One of the main points of criticism for the costume was that it didn’t look like it had taken any effort : it was just some pictures of bugs tacked to a dress. From a modern perspective I agree: find an image on the internet, enlarge it, print out copies, paste to cardboard, boom: costume! But the outfit was from 1900ish, when getting copies was a LOT harder. Either she had them specially printed or hand drawn, and in either case, I’m impressed! Whether you were impressed depended mainly on whether you thought it was icky creepy, or fabulously wacky. The division between the two led to a score of 7 out of 10. Not quite winning the costume contest!
This week, I’m still inspired by florals, but have gone for something much more restrained. This Hattie Carnegie dress always reminds me of a flower: the fitted pink bodice, and the way the skirt is pleated so that only the pink stripes are visible, and then opens out to show the green.
Electra would have been around 63 when she wore this dress. I mentioned last week that I felt I had to make my pink dress before I was too old, and while I meant that there was a time limit on me wearing a fluffy pink ballerina dress, it did bring up a discussion on the age limits on pink.
What do you think? Is this dress the perfect way to wear pink as a mature woman, or mutton dressed as lamb?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.