This post is late because I booked my schedule to the limit without giving myself any space for emergencies and things going wrong – which meant of course there were, and they did! It’s also late because my browser freezes every time I visit the Centraal Museum’s website, which is rather annoying when you’re trying to Rate a Dress from that site.
Last Rate the Dress was quite theatrical…or costumey. Perfect for a Victorian Disney villain, or a gothic horror movie, but perhaps less effective in real life. Some of you loved the drama of it, but not everyone.
The Total: 7.5 out of 10
Even worse than the week before!
This week: a sporty 1920s day dress in spring shades
After something so heavy and plush and upholstered, I thought something light and sleek would be a nice contrast:
This 1920s ensemble is a dress in two parts, consisting of a pleated skirt with attached slip, and a long tunic-blouse with patch pocket and asymmetrical swag collar.
The dress features embroidered motifs of tennis rackets and crossed field-hockey sticks on the collar and patch pocket. It seems unlikely the dress was actually worn for sports: the silk crepe de chine would stain with the slightest amount of perspiration. There were silk tennis dresses in the 20s: they were just made of silk weaves more amenable to washing.
The owner must have been a sports fan though. Perhaps it was worn by a keen player off the court or field, or a keen spectator on the sidelines? It might even be a club insignia.
Whatever the reason for this one, we know that embroidered motifs were a fashionable touch on 20s sportswear.
While the sporty embroidery is worked in subtle white threads, the dress is also decorated with fagotting on the collar and cuffs in bright grass green, providing a lime zing to the yellow of the dress.
There is some exquisite sewing in the dress (that fagotting!), but also a few moments of refreshingly imperfection. Look closely and you can see wobbles in the stitching round the collar facing, and on the pocket. Silk crepe de chine is notoriously tricky so sew, so I have full sympathy.
What do you think? Would you feel chic swanning up to support your favourite team in this ensemble?
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.