It’s cold and winter-y and rainy here in NZ, and I planned to find something deliciously floral and summery and light to show you for this week’s Rate the Dress, but somehow my inspiration lists and boards just did not supply. Instead this week’s pick is dark and lush and winter-y.
Perhaps that will appeal to those of you suffering with hot weather? You can dream of a time cool enough to wear it…
Last weeks (ish) rating: an 1890s tea gown in the aesthetic style
Most of you liked last week’s dress, but few of you loved it. It was just…nice. But not amazing.
The Total: 7.9 out of 10
Nice. Not amazing.
This week: an early 1860s formal gown in brocaded silk.
The museum listing for this gown describes it as an evening dress, but, despite the lush brocaded fabric, I think it’s actually a formal afternoon dress. The high neck and long sleeves are more consistent with daywear than evening wear in the late 1850s and early 1860s.
The fabric is definitely the centerpiece of this gown: a visually striking black on bronze weave, which has been carefully cut to mirror the pattern placement across the back and front of the dress.
In addition to the fabric, I thought this dress was an interesting Rate the Dress choice for the sleeves.
The slim trumpets with deep ruffles below the elbow are less commonly seen than the wider pagoda sleeve, and rather remind me of the ruffle sleeves that were recently fashionable today.
This would have been worn with a little lace collar, and embroidered lawn undersleeves.
What do you think? Is this better than just nice?
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.