Last week I presented a black and white trompe l’oeil 1860s summer frock, to mixed reviews. The majority of you gave it very high ratings based on sheer cleverness, most of the rest thought it really good, but not quite resolved, but for a few of you, it really wasn’t doing it as a frock. However, since only a sprinkling of the raters weren’t fans, it managed a rather nice 8.3 out of 10.
I’m spending the week at the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, helping the museum identify and organise their textile collection (so far I have looked at all the doilies. So many doilies…doyleys…d’oilies…d’oyleys…there are enough for dozens in every spelling!).
In honour of my week, today’s Rate the Dress pick is an extravagant 1900s day dress that I could imagine being worn to Mansfield’s Garden Party.
This pink ensemble is the height of turn-of-the-century exuberant frills and femininity: with lace, ruffles, flounces, and puffs from neck to hem.
The hat appears to be a replica, but gives an idea of the sort of frothy confection the frock would have been paired with.
What do you think? Does if make you swoon with its sweetness? Is it the epitome of elegance for its era? Would the wearer, surrounded by the scroop of her skirts, have felt the pink of perfection in her rosy attire?
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