It’s been a while since I did a Rate the Dress post. I was (and am) struggling to keep up with blogging and life in the era of Covid.
Then a WordPress update borked all the formatting on my blog, which was so disheartening I just stopped. I still haven’t figured out how to fix it without going back and re-writing thousands of posts…
So for now, enjoy a random Rate the Dress post, that hopefully will be the beginning of more regular posting on this theme!
Last weeks/months/oh goodness I don’t even want to think about it rating: a 1807-10 evening dress/court gown bedazzled with gold
There was MUCH love for the early 18th century very gold and sparkly court dress, with a few points off here and there because it wasn’t the very best dress of its era some of you had seen, and a few more from people who just flat out don’t like Regency.
The Total: 9.2 out of 10
At least if I was going to take a 5 month hiatus from Rate the Dress I left it on a high note!
This week: an 1890s tea gown in the aesthetic style
This week’s Rate the Dress is a tea gown (follow the link to learn more about tea gowns) in the aesthetic style. It combines the comfort and (relative) ease of wear that was originally supposed to be the point of a tea gown, with the luxurious fabrics and whimsical use of trim and design features that came to be the defining characteristic of a tea gown.
This tea gown features a body and lower sleeves of fine, lightweight wool in a deep muted rose pink.
The dress is topped by a pleated yoke and full gigot sleeves in pinky brown silk with a small geometric pattern in a pink which matches the wool.
The fullness of the sleeves and the interest of the silk fabric are balanced by a scalloped pleat and bow effect on the hem trimming.
In keeping with the less-confining ethos of aesthetic dress, the gown falls semi-loosely from the over-bust yoke, with shaping provided by a ribbon that sweeps down from the front bust to the waist, and back up again to the centre back.
Unless I am much mistaken, the looseness is an illusion: the dress is built over a fitted under-bodice, which the ribbon and back pleats are tacked to to provide more shaping.
What do you think of this example of 1890s fashion? Do you like the aesthetic-inspired mix of drape and structure, geometry and softness?
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.