Last week’s New Years Rate the Dress was a glam-but-slightly quirky Vionnet gown with a bow-trimmed lace overdress and a gold lamé slip. Some of you didn’t like the bows because they were bows, and some of you didn’t like them because of the under-bust placement. Overall most of you thought it was rather fabulous, but the bow aversion pulled the rating down to 8.3 out of 10, rather than something more impressive.
Since the main objection to last week’s dress was the bows, which some of you dislike on principle for their connotations of little-girl saccharinity, this week I’ve picked a dress that, while it is completely devoid of bows, is in complete contrast to the sophistication and sexiness of last week’s frock by being just about as sweet as you could possibly get without covering a dress in bows.
This 1825 ball dress is pink and white, and features typical mid 1820s embellishment like heavy lower skirt trims, combined with the equally fashionable Renaissance-inspired historicism in the form of faux front-lacing, sleeves which manage to echo the hem trim and the look of slashed sleeves, and a tabbed bodice. The whole effect is very feminine, very sweet, and very youthful.
What do you think? Too saccharine? Too many elements? Or