This week’s Rate the Dress tones down the colours, with an 1850s dress in fresh green with touches of white and small formal paisley motifs. From contrast to calming green: how will the ratings compare?
Last week: a bright blue and burgundy 1870s number
Well, moths were all the rage on most of the internet last week, but not here on Rate the Dress! With very few exceptions the ratings were #teammothbowsarebad. The colours were actually pretty popular, and a few people really did like the dress wholeheartedly. The rest of you? Not so much!
The Total: 6.6 out of 10
Ouch. Even the rating is giving the dress side-eye.
This week: 1850s ruffles in green silk gauze
The overall style and silhouette of the dress is much simpler than last week: a classic second-half-of-the-1850s ballgown silhouette, with tiers of ruffles either woven a la disposition, or edged with a wide border print ribbon.
The border features a highly fashionable paisley motif, with a slightly blurred aesthetic that indicates it was created with a warp printed weaving technique.
The three tiers of the skirt are echoed in the sleeve tiers, and the three darts that shape each side of the bodice. The simple fitted bodice has either lost its berthe, or never included one.
FIDM suggests this gown may have been paired with a Kashmiri shawl, for a paisley-on-paisley look. However, paisley shawls had ceased to be fashionable evening accessories in the early 1830s, and fashion plates of the 1850s & 60s almost exclusively show them paired with daywear, so a wearer with any aspirations to being a la mode would likely have avoided such a combination.
What do you think? Fresh and just fashionable enough to be interesting, or too much like too many other 1850s dresses. Or perhaps there can never be too many tiered, ruffled 1850s dresses?
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!)