This week’s Rate the Dress is a little delayed because I was busy with all the exciting stuff for the Persis Corset launch, and then the even more exciting stuff where I trotted around Europe for a month.
Last Rate the Dress: a 1906-9 formal day dress in warp printed silk
You were mostly very enthusiastic about last week’s Edwardian day dress, although a few of you thought it was far too curtain-y, and not everyone was on board with the silhouette.
The Total: 8.7 out of 10
Those who didn’t like it found it quite mediocre, but enough of you loved it to keep the rating at a very impressive 8.7!
This week: a 1920’s evening dress in dark teal silk velvet
This week’s Rate the Dress pick is inspired by the Baltic Sea. I’m fascinated by how different the colour of the Baltic is to the Pacific and Abel Tasman seas that I’m used to: so green to their azure. The teal velvet is admittedly brighter than I have seen the Baltic be, but its greenish hue is in the right family.
The dress features a gold lame underdress, with a wrap effect overdress with a bow on one hip, and and embroidered and beaded ornament with drapery on the other.
It strikes me that the overdress bodice, with its V neck and open sides, has elements in common with some red carpet trends at the moment. I can’t count how many red carpet and wedding dresses I’ve seen in the last year with open or illusion sides. Of course, in modern dresses the open sides and neck reveal flesh, or at least pretend to, while this one reveals a rather chaste lamé underdress!
I do rather like the idea of the metallic underdress as armour – a soft luxurious slip of velvet, like a 1920s tabard, over beaten steel and chain mail.
Of course, that’s probably not at all what the dress designer was going for, and the ornamentation on the dress isn’t remotely medieval. Sometimes the decorations on 1920s dresses have clear historical inspiration, but this one seems to be a more generic stylised flower:
What do you think? Classic 1920s at its best, or generic 1920s, and thus unmemorable?
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.