This week’s rate the dress is the promised spring-y dress. It’s also inspired by the drapery of the last rate-the-dress, AND the colour of Miss Four’s Norland Frock. Will it be as popular as they were? Let’s find out!
Last week: a ca. 1895 dinner dress in shot silk
Oooh, we’re on a winning dress streak! You were big fans of this 1890s example of sexy power dressing. The lowest rating was 8, and there was only one of those!
The Total: 9.2 out of 10
A point up from the week before! Can we keep up the trend?
This week: a draped evening dress of the early 1910s in lilac pink
Like last week’s dress, this week’s offering is an elegant evening ensemble, suitable for a reception or dinner. It’s also an amazing example of how quickly fashion changed in one generation: from the heavy layers of the 1880s, to a light, open frock which afforded glimpses of the legs up to the calves.
Like last week’s frock, this dress utilises the sensual qualities of draping fabric for visual impact. The satin is caught up in pleat-gathers on the bodice, forming a bow effect.
The skirt is gathered at the front, with the extra fullness drawn to the back, and draped up under a square train that falls from the bustle effect of the upper back skirt.
Most of the dress is an expanse of smooth satin, but the bodice embraces the Edwardian love of texture, with sleeves formed from a lace overlay over tulle.
What do you think? Is this 1910s evening dress an elegant example of its era?
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.