Last week’s Rate the Dress looked towards autumn, so this week I’m balancing the globe and showing a dress that evokes springtime. Last week’s dress also beat the rating of the dress of the week before. Can this one do even better?
Last week: a pleated polonaise gown in rust brown
I hadn’t realised how much people loved this dress until I started tallying the ratings, where it quickly became evident that almost all of you thought it was wonderful. It was just such a flattering, elegant, universal dress, that it received almost universal acclaim. I’m sure I can’t be the only person who is now on the lookout for rust coloured silk…
The Total: 9.6 out of 10
Even better than the 18th century not-a-polonaise! AND it got 10 scores of 10/10 in a row!
This week: a late 1910s Lucile dress
This time of year is usually the darkest, grimmest bit of a New Zealand winter (although it’s been eerily non-dark and grim this year), and, from what I hear, it’s the hottest, driest part of a what has been an eerily and horribly hot and dry summer in most of the Northern Hemisphere. I thought all of us could use a Rate the Dress that spoke of cool woods, and bubbling brooks, and spring flowers.
So here is a Lucile frock in shot green taffeta, overlaid with gold-embroidered net, like sunlight filtering through a leaf canopy, and trimmed with bright yellow binding, with dangling strings of delicate flowers, like the first buds of spring.
According to the National Museums of Scotland, the green shade of this dress is a deliberate choice on the part of Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, to evoke hope and wisdom:
The colour choice was particularly symbolic in France, and particularly relevant in the aftermath of World War One, which people hoped would be ‘the war to end all wars’.
Symbolism aside, what do you think of this vibrant take on late 1910s fashion, in all its quirky glory?
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. 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!)