This week’s rate the dress is fall themed, for all you Northern Hemisphere costumers getting excited about Autumn. Perhaps next week I’ll post a spring-y pastel confection for us Antipodeans.
Last week: a braid trimmed 1870s sports dress
Last week’s sports frock started out strong, and mostly got every ball through the hoop with minimal swings and maximum points – but a few of you weren’t quite so impressed.
In some ways the poor dress couldn’t win. It lost points from some commentators for not being interesting enough, and from others for being too fancy!
The Total: 9.1 out of 10
Not so unbeatable that it completely dominates in its field, but still likely to win most tournaments.
This week: a ca. 1895 dinner dress in shot silk
This week’s ca. 1895 dinner dress is covered from chin to toe, but I’d venture to say there’s still something rather sexy about the dress, despite all the fabric.
The extremely fitted bodice is quite body-conscious, emphasising every curve.
The pleated draping and lines of velvet trim imply wrapping – and thus unwrapping. I’m fairly certain that this dress opens in the front, under the pleating. There’s always something a little more sensual about a garment you can get into and out of on your own.
The double-puff sleeves are an interesting variant on the fashionable gigot sleeve of the mid-1890s. Together with the front fastening and muted colour scheme, they give this dress a slightly Aesthetic aesthetic. It’s just a little more artistic, and a little less mainstream.
I do love that Augusta Auctions included close-up photos, so we can see the ribbed texture of the silk faille.
What do you think? Does this dinner dress tempt your sartorial tastebuds?
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.