Last week I showed you a fascinating (even if you didn’t like it you have to admit it was fascinating) 1890s gown (probably a tea gown) with tucked shaping and floral appliqués. The dress received a lot of criticism for the heavy lace (too coarse and gut-like (lace styles are clearly one of those things that goes in and out of favour)) and placement of the appliqué (too literal), but an equal amount of praise for the amazing shaping work with the tucks. So, for masterful sewing, but slightly less masterful visual design, the dress came in at 7.2 out of 10.
This week’s frock features more floral appliqué, in the form of velvet poppies dancing along the silk charmeuse skirt of this aqua and metal gold lace frock.
The cerise pink and sunset orange hues of the velvet poppies are an unusual choice to pair with the aqua of the lace and silk charmeuse, but are a classic example of the ’20s fondness for saturated hues and deco pastels, with a nod back to wild pairing of ‘exotic’ colours made popular by the Ballet Russes and designers like Poiret in the ‘teens.
The velvet appliqué are a good example of the ’20s fondness for three dimensional design elaborations. Along with velvet flowers frocks and accessories often featured flowers of elaborately folded ribbons, or bits of silk fabric.
What do you think of the frock, with its unexpected colour pairings, and juxtapositions of the heavy velvet flowers with the delicate silk of the dress and light openness of the lace?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10