I have robe la franÃ§aises on the mind, so they have inspired this week’s Rate the Dress pick. It’s the most pink and cabbage-rose-y FranÃ§aise I could find. I’m interested to see if you’ll think that’s a good thing or not!
Generally speaking, you liked last week’s dress as an example of its type. A few of you even loved it. Most of you just weren’t that inspired by it, even if you didn’t actually like it. I did find the various interpretations of the print most amusing. Bats! Seagulls! (or, in reality, little berry or bud sprigs.)
The Total: 7.1 out of 10.
That’s definitely a nice-but-not-inspiring rating.
This week: a pink and gold and so many florals franÃ§aise:
Sacque dresses were really just vehicles for a lavish amount of sumptious fabric and a froth of decadent trim. This one is no exception. The extremely wide square hoops show off meters of the rosy silk. The front of the dress and sleeves feature expensive metallic lace.
The serpentine curves of fabric don’t allow for a symmetrical print placement across the back pleats, so instead they are used to create an additional set of spiralling lines.
A theme of straight construction lines with curved design lines is repeated throughout the dress: even the sleeves are attached with straight angles, rather than the curved armscye we’re used to in modern garments.
The MFA Boston has chosen an interesting pale grey or silver stomacher to pair with the dress. I’m almost certain it’s not one that was ever worn with this dress in-period.
What do you think? Do you like the fabric, with its muted dusky-rose-pink ground, and lush floral pattern? Does the interplay of symmetrical construction and trim, and asymmetrical fabric, work for you?