Last week’s dress wasn’t exactly a universal success. But it did spark a lot of very interesting conversations about what it was worn for, and what inspired its design. And interesting discussions are what Rate the Dress is really about. So, whether you like it or not, hopefully this week’s pick will be equally interesting.
Last week: A young lady’s formal day dress, ca 1915
Half of you loved the ca. 1915 day dress, or could at least see what it was going for, and rated it consequently. But the other half of you didn’t like, well, so many things: the not quite white colour; the almost symmetrical front and back; the way the ruffles didn’t carry around to the front of the skirt; the fussiness; the details on details; and most of all, the vertical bow.
I really enjoyed all of the suppositions about the design influences and purpose of this garment: Mrs C showing how effective it would be in black and white photography, Hvitr’s guess that it might very well be inspired by the Knossos excavations, Susan pointing out that it would be perfect for a piano recital. Interestingly, no one online noticed that the vertical bow that vexed so many of you was probably based on obi.
The Total: 6.9 out of 10
I hope our young lady did better at her piano recital!
Since rose red wasn’t such a hit last week, this week I’m trying for literal roses: or at least figural ones, embroidered on an 1880s skirt.
I think we’ll all have to agree that the embroidery on this dress is spectacular.
It’s lush, opulent, and unique. And the pairing with the appliques is quite striking.
I really wish there were more images of this dress, showing the details and the angles. Sadly, we’ll have to rate it just on the front view.
What do you think? Is embroidery + applique a success?
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!)