Last week: a brown & blue bustle-era dress
So last week’s dress got a bit of attention and comments for something I hadn’t noticed or anticipated. I think I’ve looked at so many 1880s dresses with centre front gathers, swags, and ruching that I hadn’t realised that at times, as with the blue & brown dress, it could be a bit…anatomical…
But not everyone saw that unfortunate potential: lots of you actually saw a crisply tailored dress in a playful take on two elegantly subdued colours.
And then some of you thought it was just boring
The Total: 7.8 out of 10
Not bad, not great.
This week’s pick is a 1920s frock by Poiret, which balances the new move towards streamlined and simple with his trademark eye for details and sense of humour and whimsy.
The silhouette is a simple mid-1920s sheath, but it is enlivened with elaborately scalloped hems and upper sleeves:
The heavier black of the dress is lightened with frothy lower sleeves and a matching faux chemise neckline:
A perky red bow enlivens the back neck:
And the whole dress has a trompe l’oeil layered effect, with a ribbon printed to look like buttons winding in and out of the layers, teasing at the idea of an entry point, and confusing the eye as to which layer sits above which other.
What do you think? Has Poiret successfully blended sophistication and humour?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
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