Last week’s Rate the Dress was an 1880s ensemble worn by Empress Maria Feodoronvna.
Some of you really it (Cyranetta compared it to a Renoir, which got me thinking about it being like an impressionist painting, which looks completely different broken down into details, or viewed as a whole picture), but most of you felt that while one element might work, there were too many disparate pieces. What I found really interesting is what pieces people did or didn’t like – certainly no agreement there! The dress came in at 6.7 out of 10.
This week we’re staying sweet and lacy, with a Doucet gown from 1905 which features the Swiss-waist revival look popular at the turn of the century (historicism!), as well as the very fashionable elbow-length sleeves with engageantes (more historicism!), and the extremely detailed and feminine embellishments so typical of the first years of the 20th century.
It’s hard to tell if the unusual colour of the main fabric of the gown is original, created by layering sheer, changeable fabrics, or has faded with time. The elaborate floral-esque bow in lilac and aqua, and the aqua trimmings, still appear to be clear and bright.
Last time I showed a swiss waist on Rate the Dress (in almost the same colours no less) , some of you did not approve, and thought it a bit scandalous. Will this one, which gives the illusion of an upper body veiled only by lace, fare better?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10