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Dress, 1910-1919, silk?, wool? beads, Gift of Beryle Christesen, Goldstein Museum of Design, 1983.025.007

Rate the Dress: black, green, pink, and brightly beaded wartime daywear

This week’s Rate the Dress is mid-1910s themed, to celebrate the launch of the Selina Blouse. Last Week: an 1830s banyan and waistcoat of 1740s fabric Apparently men need to go back to wearing beautifully fitted housecoats in lavish floral fabrics, because last week’s banyan and waistcoat were very popular. The Total: 9.7 out of 10 In Rate the Dress that’s practically perfection!  And no surprise – fabulous fabric, fabulous fit, and so interesting. This week: a 1910s day dress with touches of colour: This dress is an excellent example of high-end mid-1910s day dress: It’s got a simple, practical silhouette, enlivened by interesting details. The black colour shows the trend towards black as a chic, practical, everyday colour which was had been championed by couturiers like Paquin since the late 19th century. Black was practical in more than one sense in the middle of WWI.  Germany had been the world’s largest dye producer prior to WWI.  The war cut off supply lines, even to countries not involved in the war.  One of the few dyes manufactured …

Day dress, 1920-1929, silk, Gift of Karen Olson, Goldstein Museum of Design 2004.003.001

Rate the Dress: tennis in the twenties

This post is late because I booked my schedule to the limit without giving myself any space for emergencies and things going wrong – which meant of course there were, and they did!  It’s also late because my browser freezes every time I visit the Centraal Museum’s website, which is rather annoying when you’re trying to Rate a Dress from that site. Last Week: a mid 1890s dress in red silk faille and silk velvet Last Rate the Dress was quite theatrical…or costumey.  Perfect for a Victorian Disney villain, or a gothic horror movie, but perhaps less effective in real life.  Some of you loved the drama of it, but not everyone. The Total: 7.5 out of 10 Even worse than the week before! This week: a sporty 1920s day dress in spring shades After something so heavy and plush and upholstered, I thought something light and sleek would be a nice contrast: This 1920s ensemble is a dress in two parts, consisting of a pleated skirt with attached slip, and a long tunic-blouse with patch …