This week’s rate the dress was meant to be a Christmas themed Rate the Dress, and then a New Years themed Rate the Dress and those didn’t happen. Instead I took a Rate the Dress holiday. So here’s a belated holiday themed Rate the Dress!
Last month (eep!): a ca. 1890 walking dress in corded wool
The ratings for the walking dress were pretty consistent. You just didn’t like it that much. The bodice decorations did not appeal, and you really weren’t on-board with the long-front, short-back bodice hem. The best comment it got was ‘stunning but slightly off’.
The Total: 6.7 out of 10
Well, I said last time I wasn’t purposefully picking things I thought people would love, and you definitely didn’t love that pick.
This week: a 1807-10 evening dress/court gown bedazzled with gold
This early 19th century evening dress is made of extremely delicate silk, embroidered with gold sequins and metal thread. It would have been an extraordinarily expensive garment in its day.
The train indicates that it was more likely to have been worn for receptions or court events, rather than balls or dancing.
The fabric is also extremely delicate: even when it was new the expensive sequins would have been damaged and the silk georgette would have torn if it was stepped on.
The fabric of this dress has darkened with age, and some of the metal embroidery has tarnished. The dress has also had significant conservation work. Look closely, and you can see the silk tulle that has been sewn over the metal embroidery to stabilise it.
When you rate the dress, try to imagine it as it was when it was new: bright and shiny, the sequins standing out against a bright ground, the colours closest to the first image.
With that in mind, how would you rate it?
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.