Apparently I’m on a pink and stripey kick, because this week’s Rate the Dress, like last week’s Rate the Dress, is pink and stripey. Will you like it better? Or will it fare even worse?
An interesting mix of comments on last week’s 1869 dress. Generally you liked the bias stripes, and often found yourself liking the dress more than you thought you should: somehow it was more than the sum of its parts.
I agree with all the commenters who felt it was somehow theatrical or costume-y. It would be perfect on stage, or even on screen: you’d instantly know so much about the character wearing it! Is it time to revive the big cheerful historical costume musical? The Mary Poppins sequel tried!
The Total: 7.1 out of 10
Not a fabulous rating – we’d probably all love it in glorious technicolour, but as an actual ballgown it was a little lacking.
This week: An 1890s reception gown in pink and black
The overriding reaction to last week’s Rate the Dress is that it felt quite theatrical. I realised that my original pick for this week was also possibly more costume-y than everyday worthy, so I decided I should choose something a little more restrained.
Hard as it may be to believe, this pale pink and black dress with its bias stripes and big sleeves is very restrained compared to what I was planning to show you!
This early 1890s ensemble was probably a reception dress. The high neck and long sleeves indicate it would have been for a daytime event, but the light coloured silk of the base fabric and the train suggests it was intended for formal indoor wear only.
I’ve looked and looked, and can’t quite figure out if the stripes are woven in, or applied on. It’s also possible that they are woven in, but have been very carefully cut out and appliqued on on the bodice. If you look closely you can see tiny pearl beads framing the stripes on the bodice. Added embellishment, or a clever way to hide appliqued edges?
What do you think of this dress? Do you like the combination of the subtle pink and the bold stripes? Is the way the stripes are used to create shape appealing?
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.