I enjoyed looking for examples of Pingat creations so much while writing my review of ‘My Official Wife’ that I had to choose one for today’s Rate the Dress. To give a contrast to the ca. 1890s fashion of Savage’s novel, and the almost-modern dress Adrian dress from last week, I went with an 1860s ballgown big enough to smuggle an entire aviaries worth of budgerigars underneath.
An interesting, but not surprising, mix of reactions to the Adrian dress. I say not surprising, because I had a little spare time (for once!) when I wrote the rate the dress, and a made a list of predictions of what would be said – and you hit every one of them, from muddy colour complaints to notes of wrinkles (sans a comparison to mushrooms 😉 ). And added the bit about it reminding you of Neapolitan ice cream.
I’m glad I wasn’t quite alone in thinking that a bit of mint makes Neapolitan so much better.
The Total: 7 out of 10
And that’s what happens when a bunch of people give threes and even more people give 10s!
This week: A Ballgown by Pingat
This Pingat ballgown is shown with two different under-structures in the Met’s photographs of it, a very, very large hoop, and then a slightly more moderate one:
The black and cream colour scheme combines to popular trends in ca. 1860s fashion: pale colours for evening wear, so they showed up well in poor lighting, and high contrast trim.
The combination of textures is another highly fashionable touch, with delicate gauzes contrasting with rich taffeta. Lace in black and warm cream, ribbons, ball-end fringe, and tiny gold beads add further visual texture, sparkle, and movement.
Note the way the berthe wraps across the back bodice, hiding much of the bodice lacing.
Note also the double lines of piping finishing the bottom edge of the bodice. Double piping is sometimes cited as a Charles Frederick Worth innovation, or at least a specific mark of the House of Worth, but it’s seen on many high end mid-19th century garments including ones that predate Worth.
What do you think? One for the record book, or forgettable?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
A reminder about rating — feel free to be critical if you don’t like a thing, but make sure that your comments aren’t actually insulting to those who do like a garment. Our different tastes are what make Rate the Dress so interesting, but it’s no fun when a comment implies that anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or who would wear a garment, is crazy/totally lacking in taste.
(as usual, nothing more complicated than a .5. I also hugely appreciate it if you only do one rating, and set it on a line at the very end of your comment, so I can find it! Thanks in advance!)