You really liked last week’s dress, with its slightly unusual (or at least unexpected), and quite busy, 1780s fabric. This week I’ve picked a dress with an equally unusual-for-its-era fabric. Will you like it? Let’s find out!
Last Week and-then-some: a 1780s dress in Indian chintz
You really liked last week’s dress, and enjoyed all the additional information and commentary on the fabric. I won’t be able to be as detailed and informed with every Rate the Dress post because of how much time it takes to write them, but I’ll try to balance quicker ones with more in-depth ones.
The main problem with last week’s dress was keeping track of all the 10 ratings, because there were so many in a row. It lost a few points here and there for the fabric reminding some of you of curtains – it was the OG for the look!
The Total: 9.4 out of 10
This week: late Victorian marquisette madness
This 1890s dress is made from a striking fabric with a bold abstracted floral or zig-zag pattern in ivory and black.
The fabric appears to be a fancy marquisette, with a black leno weave ground, and a finer leno weave, or perhaps a supplementary weave, for the white patterning.
The black net ground shows glimpses of the white lining, which would create a shifting, shimmering effect as the dress moved, dazzle indeed!
The black and white colour scheme is relieved by touches of lace (which would have matched the colour of the dress more closely when new) and blue silk bows. The high neckline and long sleeves make this a day dress, but in this fabric, and with these trimmings, it certainly wasn’t an everyday dress: more likely one for a fancy daytime reception.
In addition to the discolouration of the lace mentioned above, there are foxing spots on the lining, and signs of abrasion and wear, so it’s not the pristine specimen it would have been in its heyday. I also suspect the dress is missing a belt or sash. As always, try to imagine the dress as it was when new for your rating.
What do you think?
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.