Last week I showed you a forward thinking and backwards looking tea gown. It was quite a divisive garment. Some of you appreciated the way the flowing fit would flatter a fuller figure, but others found the design confusing and unresolved, or disliked the colour. It got a lot of very high scores, and a lot of very low scores, evening out at 7 out of 10. I suspect it might have rated higher if we could have seen it on a mannequin that was really the shape of the original wearer.
This week we’re sticking with the theme of slightly alternative fashions, with an 1880s walking dress with a bit of inspiration from the Aesthetic movement.
This dress intrigues me because it almost looks like the mythical Regency dress-made-from-a-sari, only 70 years late. The metallic trim around the hems works with the cobalt blue to give the dress a slightly exotic feel. The trim is so unusual for a garment like a walking dress of this period, that I’m almost inclined to think it’s a later addition, although it is perfectly incorporated into the construction of the dress at every point (and certainly coordinates well with the parasol they have paired the dress with).
In addition to the parasol, the dressers have given the mannequin some shiny red gloves, and a jaunty straw hat trimmed with dark red velvet rib and some red flowers.
What do you think about the frock? Do you like the combination of the slightly relaxed impression given by the Aesthetic inspired gathered bodice and looser sleeves, with the exotic and glitzy trim on a daytime frock, or would the designer have been better to have stuck with an old classic, like nautical inspiration?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
(the dress, btw, is doing the rounds of pinterest with a caption that claims it’s the work of Callot Soers (which didn’t open until 1895), no link to the original source, and other incorrect information, so if you happened to see it, now you know the correct info).