This week’s Rate the Dress, like last week’s dress, comes with both a day and an evening bodice. In contrast to last week’s pastel confection, this week’s choice is in deep red velvet.
Last week: an 1865 Robe à transformation
The theme of gala frocks is sitting well with you: last week’s dress was another success. You loved both the aesthetic of the dress, and the practicality. It may have been in delicate, pale silk, but at least the wearer was getting as much use as possible out of it. The few points the ensemble lost was for the colours. Not everyone loved the gold & lavender, or the ochre sash that went with the day dress.
The Total: 9.4 out of 10
Not quite the most popular dress we’ve had in December, but still a fabulously good score!
This week: a House of Worth Robe à transformation in red velvet
The House of Worth may have been the pinnacle of high fashion in the Victorian era, but even its august and moneyed clientele wanted to get the most out of their clothing spend, and there are numerous examples of Worth Robe à transformation.
It comes with both a long sleeved bodice, all in velvet, and a lower cut bodice, lavishly trimmed with lace. Both are likely to have been worn for evening events, though the long sleeved bodice would also have been appropriate for formal afternoon events.
Both bodices feature the exaggerated puffed sleeves of the early 1890s.
The lower cut bodice has softer, slightly drooping sleeves with slits, which, combined with the lace, evoke an element of 17th century historicism.
The slit sleeves give a glimpse of lush, beaded undersleeves.
The more covered up bodice gets its interest and drama from the draping and manipulation of the silk velvet fabric:
And from a slightly whimsical, jester-esque back peplum:
What do you think of this very festive, seasonal Rate the Dress?
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! And 0 is not on a scale of 1 to 10. Thanks in advance!)