Rate the Dress for last week was a ’20s frock in avante garde red and lilac. The colours were a little too out-there for some of you, and there was a bit of discussion about whether you liked the totally different backs to fronts (though it did win points for thinking through the ‘glass beads imprinting into your thighs all evening if you have to sit down really aren’t that fun’ thing and leaving them off). Thanks to the unmatched front to back, and the not-to-everyones taste colour scheme, the dress managed a respectable but not stellar 8.4 out of 10.
I seem to be stuck on red and sparkles, though this week’s dress features metal embroidery rather than beading, and is mainly white with a soft, muted, coral red accent – much more restrained than last week.
Like last week’s frock, this dress looks both forward and backward. The lowered waistline, stiff, ornamented hem, and cone shaped skirt are typical of the 1820s, but the light cotton dress fabric with its metallic embroidery (almost certainly a product of India) is much more typical of earlier, softer Regency frocks. It’s almost as if the wearer of this dress had done what we seamstresses still do: hoarded a precious fabric in wait of the ‘perfect’ frock, and then had it made up in a hurry when she realised that it was shortly going to be entirely demodé!
The bar shaped passementerie trim on the bodice also nods to the military inspired trims that appeared on women’s pelisses during the Napoleonic wars. On this dress it has been softened and modified to cleverly create the illusion of a narrowing bodice, as fashions moved towards a mid-century nipped waist.
What do you think of this creation and its mix of fabrics and styles?
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