Last week I showed you a linen and lace resort-wear frock. I had serious doubts about the dating onthe dress from the beginning, and the more I looked at it, the less 1880s it looked. I think it really is from the early 1900s.
I don’t know if a change in dating would have had any effect on the results though: it would still have lost points for not actually being that comfortable for summer wear, and for the dull colours, and odd colour matching between the laces and fabric. Still, it was a very attractive frock in some ways, and seeing it on the wearer did help you to visualise it, so the dress managed an 8.4 out of 10, which is pretty darn good considering that there was one rating of only 3!
Since last week’s dating was a bit iffy, this week I’m showing a gown that is definitely from the 1880s. No mistaking the bustle on this one!
This day dress (probably for visiting) features lustrous silk satin and lush patterned brocade (or at least one of the fabrics that would have fallen into the never-very-precise brocade category) in typical late Victorian rich, dark colours.
Also typical of the 1880s are the asymmetrical skirt draping, and the elaborations of ornamentation and design. In addition to the elaborately arranged front swag and bustle poof, there are glimpses of the silk satin peeping through the hem (topped, if I am not mistaken, with pom-poms), painted buttons running up the front of the bodice, and lace trim on the bracelet length sleeves.
The back is no less detailed, with beautifully folded and piped jacket tails sitting above an expanse of blue silk.
The side silhouette reveals the typical mid-1880s extreme bustle, with the added oomph of the panier effect of the side swags:
What do you think? An exceedingly attractive way smuggle a tea trolly and a couple of picnic baskets into any event? Or a total fashion folly?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10