My Rate the Dress choices have been all mixed up when it comes to themes lately: we had a ball, and than an evening in in a dressing gown, and now we’re having dinner, with an 1820s dress that is subdued from a distance, but interesting up close. Can it keep up the string of 9+ ratings? Let’s find out!
Last week: An 1880s dressing gown
While you loved the embroidery and the overall review was extremely positive, the dressing gown’s silhouette came in for a bit of criticism, as did the cord belt.
Unfortunately for those who didn’t like it, I’m 90% sure the style of belt is accurate (and think there is a good chance the one shown is the original), based on images of similar robes in catalogues of the period. I’ll have to do a bit of research and see if I can find the images I’m thinking of.
The Total: 9.4 out of 10
It’s nice to know a dressing gown can impress almost as much as a lovely ballgown!
(and I suspect many of us are more good-book-&-dressing-gown people than ballgown people most nights, so that’s quite fitting 😉 )
This week: A ca. 1820 dinner dress in chine silk
This ca. 1820 dinner dress seems quite subdued and dark when you see the overall image:
Up close, there is a lot of visual interest. The fabric is a mix of plain weave taffeta in blue, and satin weave chine in black with white, pink and green flowers:
The design details, while subtle and restrained in the dark fabric, make full use of the striped pattern, and keep the focus on the hands and torso: areas that would have been most in view at dinner.
Everything in the dress is equal parts fashion & practicality, from the padded hem, which would help keep the wearer from tangling it when she walked:
To the cuff trimmings, which would keep the trendy extra-long late 1810s sleeves from dragging in the dinner:
It definitely wasn’t intended to be a showstopper dress, but a quietly elegant staple that would see a woman happily through a few seasons of suppers.
As an example of this, what do you think? The perfect late Regency little black dress? Or still a bit blah?
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. However it’s no fun when a comment implies that anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or who would wear a garment, is 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!)