If last week’s patterned fabric wasn’t to your taste, never fear, there is no print to worry about this week! Or, for that matter, colour, because this week’s Rate the Dress looks at an all-white wedding dress.
Last Week: a FranÃ§aise in chine silk
Not everyone was a fan of the fabric, and the compere front didn’t win any awards, but the overall response to the franÃ§aise was very positive. 18th century prettiness and pattern matching are always popular!
The Total: 8.7 out of 10
A definite improvement on the last few weeks.
This week: a ca. 1880 wedding dress
We don’t know the name of the bride who wore this week’s wedding dress, but we can assume she was a woman of some means (or, at least came from a wealthy family).
The dress is impeccably made, beautifully fitted, very fashionable, and totally impractical. White wedding dresses had gone from fashionable, but by no means required, to practically mandatory for wealthy brides following Queen Victoria’s choice of a white wedding dress almost 50 years earlier. Even in the 1880s less well-off (and some extremely well-off) brides opted for wedding dresses in more practical hues.
The dress displays many typical features of the transition between the first and second bustle era: a long smoothly fitted bodice, showing off the new longer corsets and higher bustline of the 1880s.
The skirt features a slim overskirt gathered up at the centre front, meeting the lavish train with a cascade of ruffles at the sides.
The skirt is anchored by two rows of pleating at the hem, arranged in clusters of five knife pleats interspersed with plain areas.
The bodice features large front buttons, and a rectangle of fringed pleating framing either a false neckline, or a guimpe which can be removed to turn the dress into a lower necked reception gown.
What do you think? Is this your idea of an elegant wedding dress for its era?
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. Phrase criticism as your opinion, rather than a flat fact. 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