Last week we didn’t have a Rate the Dress, because of the blog makeover. I’ll be getting to the Rate-the-Dress scores from the week before in a couple of hours, but for now I am dealing with the effects of a 28 degree day in Wellington (I am basically cold-blooded. I can handle 14-25 degrees, and on either side of that my body freaks out) and have to limit my computer time or trigger a migraine.
I keep going back or forth on whether I think this is a very elaborate wrapper/dressing gown, or a perfectly proper outdoors coat-dress.
The bows on the shoulder suggest a most elegant inside wrapper – basically an early tea gown, which first began to appear in the 1870s.
At the same time, it is also very reminiscent of the trimmings and silhouettes of the type of unshaped outdoor dresses that were popular in the 1860s, such as the ones seen in Monet’s Women in the Garden. The back view makes me lean in that direction.
I suspect on days when my brain wasn’t cooked to a crisp I would know exactly what this was, and the precise name, but today you shall have to endure me being quite stupid, and will have to make your own suppositions, whilst you also consider the sartorial merits of this garment.
While the loose fit of the bodice suggests the gown could have been worn by a woman who was expecting, or simply a larger women, very unshaped dresses appear regularly enough in 1860s fashion plates to indicate that it was a general style.
So what do you think this is? Tea gown? Wrapper? Very elaborate coat dress?
And what do you think of it aesthetically?
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