Last week I showed you an evening gown worn my Marjorie Merriweather Post, in muted shades of blue and green. Ratings were divided into those of you who thought it was the epitome of muted elegance, those of you who thought it pretty, but not a stand-out dress, and those of you who found all the soft half-tones too dull and drab, and gave it very poor ratings indeed (and one vote that I disqualified for not rating on a scale of 1 to 10, because that’s cheating 😉 ) .
I’m halfway through tallying the ratings, but it’s bedtime, so I’ll finish those up first thing tomorrow!
UPDATE: MMP’s 1910ish evening dress came out at 8.1 out of 10, which seems like the perfect rating for restrained rather than sensational elegance.
This dinner dress from the Metropolitan Museum of Art features a design feature that has always been slightly problematic for you raters: a laced front bodice.
While you can choose to dislike the feature in and of itself, I am 99.8% sure that the original lacing cord has disappeared, and the one shown is a replacement, so please, dear readers, do not mark the dress down for the specific cord itself!
This dress features a classic 188os fabric: a sumptuous brocaded silk in a rich colour, with a large, striking pattern with a single theme: this time of hollyhocks. The rich persimmon orange tones of the dress are slightly unusual, but the overall tonality is absolutely typical of the period.
Also typical is the pairing of the heavy silk with a very light, delicate lace overlay.
The lace both hides a plain persimmon underskirt, and is hidden in turn by the brocaded overskirt, which features hem slits which allow the lace to reveal itself again. The whole effect adds to the tension between the heavier and lighter fabrics, and to the slightly historically inspired feel of the dress.
At the back, the hollyhock fabric takes centre stage, mirroring itself at the centre back, and carefully arranged in the pleats of the train, so that a flower appears at each fold.
What do you think? A masterful mix of fabric and usage of pattern? Or a waste of good fabrics? Or are the fabrics themselves to blame for any fault in the dress?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.