Last week’s spun sugar confection of a frock was as popular as a pavlova (aka, almost everyone was delighted by it, but a small percentage thought it was revoltingly sweet).
I did think of choosing an 18th century purple garment for this week’s Rate the Dress, but none of the available options seemed like a good pick. Instead I went for something that’s been on my RTD options list for a while: a 1910s tea gown.
Similarly to the week before, ratings on last week fell solidly into a large cluster of extremely positive 8-10 ratings, with a small smattering of people who really weren’t keen on the dress.
The Total: 8.7 out of 10
A similar rating pattern to last week, but a better result!
This week: a 1910s take on the tea gown
I feature tea gowns on Rate the Dress so often I feel like I have to ration them! I can’t help it: they are such interesting garments that they make perfect options for rating. Tea gowns, by their nature, get to play with the styles of their era.
As personal garments for an intimate setting, they didn’t have to fit any rules of convention, or please anyone but the wearer. As luxury garments they aren’t bound by practicality or budget. The combination of these two means they are often uniquely inventive.
This particular tea gown is an excellent example of that. It’s enough of its time to be recognisable and datable to within a few years (although the museum is conservative in its 1910-15 estimate, I’m quite confident in dating it to 1913-15), but also has a distinctive voice all its own.
One of the things I like about this tea gown is that it looks like it would actually be very comfortable to wear. It’s also not made for a particularly small woman: note the waist size in comparison to the overall length.
This tea gown has probably suffered slightly with age: the tulle underlayers appear to have yellowed significantly over time, giving a strange cast to the sheer violet chiffon of the front bodice and upper skirt.
As always, try to overlook the changes of time, and imagine the garment as it was.
What do you think of this one?
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.