Thanks to my annual Rate the Oscars post, it’s been two weeks since we had a Rate the Dress. In the last one, we looked at an 18th century riding habit. By and large you highly approved of the slightly unusual colours, and minor quirks that made it just that bit different, but only by and large, not unanimously. It did loose points for the colours (some thought the gold too green), and for a lack of balance in the proportions. Still, a perfect 9 out of 10 isn’t bad at all!
I know it’s cold in much of the world, but New Zealand is baking under late summer heat, and is in the midst of a drought, so that, combined with my recent trip to Napier, are making me think of linen frocks and resort wear.
Which might lead you to to think I’m going to post something 1930s, but no, this week’s Rate the Dress is a different take on linen resort wear: an 1880s summer frock in sheer linen gauze and linen lace (or so the museum dates it, though I suspect it’s fifteen years more recent).
The bodice and skirt are separate, with the join hidden by a faux belt trimmed with the same sky blue velvet ribbon that trims the rest of the bodice.
Unfortunately Abiti Antichi doesn’t identify the sky-blue fabric of the underdress, but they do give us something even better: a photograph of the original owner in the dress, so we can see what it looked like on:
Notice how you can see the corset dents in her hips, and the line at her bust where it ends.
There is also a lovely close-up of the lace on the bodice:
What do you think of the frock? Fresh, cool and summery? Or at least as fresh, cool, and summery as one can be in 1880s layers?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10