We’re supposed to be heading into late spring here in New Zealand, but we’ve just been hit by a cold front, and it’s feeling decidedly un-springy. So I’m dreaming of warm days, and more spring flowers, and summer fruit. So this week’s Rate the Dress is a 1780s frock in warm season shades of apricot and peach.
Last Week: a ca. 1850 mourning dress.
Your overall consensus on last week’s dress was that it was mourning at its most chic and tasteful. Even people who weren’t fond of black, or mourning, felt it was a particularly attractive example of both. And you really enjoyed seeing the options for completing the outfit, and how it would how it would have been styled in its most fashionable, and idealised, version.
The Total: 9.5 out of 10
A happy rating for a dress for a sad occasion.
This week: an 1780s dress in apricot and peach
This week’s Rate the Dress is an excellent example of the transitional styles of the early 1780s, with older elements and newer fads mixed together.
I always feel there ought to be a specific name for this type of 1780s robe. It’s such a distinctive style, with the tabbed bodice coming down over the skirts at the front and side, and the ‘Italian Gown’ back.
The brocaded silk is still quite pastel and floral, but shows the move away from the exuberant serpentine curves of the mid 18th century, towards the more restrained, linear neoclassical aesthetic. The overall silhouette of the dress is quite classic, but the higher back and very slim sleeves are very much of the 1780s. The stiff, restrained ‘cigarette roll’ trim is typical of the 1770s and 80s, and echoes the fabric in its move from the rococo froth of earlier dresses.
What do you think? A good blend of sweetness and severity?
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.