All posts tagged: 1850s

Rate the Dress: Mid-Century Mourning

The last Rate the Dress choice was frothy Edwardian frills in pastel hues. This week it’s frothy mid-19th century frills in sable-on-sable. One of the most common dislikes for the Hallée dress was the colour. Perhaps you’ll like black better? Last Week: a ca. 1900 afternoon dress by Hallée in lace and eu de nil Hallée dress was quite popular, as has been the case with most Edwardian froth on Rate the Dress. Some of you weren’t entirely sold on the colours, or the vertical lines (although the photo is rather misleading – the vertical inserts are totally symmetrical, some are just hidden in the folds). The Total: 8.5 out of 10 Not as good as the week before – as a couture piece, it wasn’t as good an example of its type as last week’s dressmaker’s creation.  This week: a ca. 1850 mourning dress. This week’s Rate the Dress will be a little bit different. It’s a full dress, but one that is so dependent on the accompanying garments and accessories that it’s essentially un-rateable …

Two-piece dress, c. 1850,Prague. Silk with a woven pattern, silk ribbons, linen. Purchased from the Hainz family in 1970, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze

Rate the Dress: 1850s elaborations in green

Either we’re all a bit argumentative (entirely possible) or I’ve been posting a lot of very divisive Rate the Dresses. They have certainly been distinctive, and I haven’t been going for obvious crowd pleasers. Perhaps this week’s dress will be more universally popular? Or perhaps not! Last Week: a tailored walking dress in plaid I recorded a fashion history lecture for the Costume Construction students at Toi Whakaari today, and one of the things I talked about was the perception of taste in the Victorian era: how they were obsessed with what was good taste and what wasn’t, and how different elements of the Victorian era have subsequently been judged very attractive or unattractive, all per the taste of the era judging them. The point is that good taste is very subjective, and last week’s dress certainly proved that. You all agreed that the outfit showed a great deal of skill on the part of the maker. And that was the only thing you agreed on. Spectacular, hideous, dazzling, nauseating – all options were there! …