We’ve been on a great run of high scores for Rate the Dress. Last week’s dinner dress elicited lots of words like ‘smart’ and ‘restrained’ and ‘elegant’. I feel pretty confident predicting that this week’s 1910s day dress won’t be getting quite those words – but there are other ways to compliment a frock! Let’s see if it is compliments, or criticism.
Last week: A ca. 1820 dinner dress in chiné silk
As mentioned, very positive reactions.
The Total: 9.2 out of 10
This week I’m going from dark to light, but to a garment and era that actually repeats many of the same shapes and design lines seen ca. 1820, just not in an immediately obvious way. Start looking, and you’ll see how many are there, from the V-shaped upper bodice interest, to the horizontal hem embellishments.
The long sleeves and general design of the dress mark it as daywear. However, the layering of luxe silk and lace fabrics, and inclusion of the bold rose-red velvet sash are elements more typical of evening fashions. This suggests the dress was worn for quite a formal daytime event.
It’s definitely a youthful garment: something for a girl’s high-school or college graduation perhaps.
The inclusion of the bright rose-red, and the black tulle, do give it a definite sense of aspiring maturity peeking out from the sweet girlhood overtones of the white ruffles.
Though the silhouette is still relatively long and slim, the gathered skirt, and nod towards side and back gathering in the trim that covers the sides and back of the skirt hint towards the growing volume of 1910s skirts. The volume would peak in 1916 with the brief vogue for the bell-shaped crinoline-revival silhouette.
What do you think? Does this balance youth and innocence with its aspirations to be a bit daring and avant garde? Does the mix of textures and colours add depth and interest, or just make it not-one-thing or the other?