All posts tagged: 1860s

Day dress, 1867, Marie and Josephine Virfolet, New York City, Ribbed silk, silk satin, glass seed beads, Albany Institute of History & Art, 1972.95.7

Rate the Dress: Big Skirts, Bold Hues

I know that boring colour to bold colour isn’t the most novel or inventive reason to choose a Rate the Dress, but Rate the Dress doesn’t always have to break the mould: sometimes it’s just about picking an interesting dress. Hopefully my choice this week at least fits that category! As to beauty, that’s up to you. Last Week: an 1805 dress of uncertain colour Last week’s Rate the Dress really was the opposite of the dress of the week before: muted hues, simple trimmings, a very different silhouette – and where the bustle dress of all-the-stuff elicited a lengthy and detailed conversation, the restrained Regency frock garnered half the amount of comments. And the rating spread was inverted: most ratings were right in the middle, with only a few on the extremities. The Total: 6.7 out of 10 Last fortnight’s dress was one to love or loathe, last week’s frock did not inspire, but did not offend – and came out with the better rating. But some of us will still adore (or hate) …

Day dress, ca. 1867, American, silk, Metropolitan Museum of Art C.I.40.164.1a–c

Rate the Dress: Brilliant Blue & Ridiculously Big Skirts

I’m back on schedule with Rate the Dress this week, but still feeling blue – or at least that blue is the right hue for Rate the Dress! This week we go from all the subdued evening blues of last week’s tea gown, to a brilliant blue 1860s number, with equally exciting (if quite different) sleeves. How will it fare in comparison? Last Week: a 1910s Worth tea gown Generally you felt that a dress by ultimate design house (albeit one in decline), purchased by a woman with all the money in the world at her disposal, should be good, and was. There were a few small niggles though. A number of you felt the dress was less than the sum of its parts. Beautiful in details, but the details didn’t add up right, or were too much altogether. The Total: 9.3 out of 10 Almost perfection, but not quite… This week: an 1860s day dress in bright blue Since I’m still in the mood for blue, and not everyone was sold on last week’s muted …

Fancy Dress, 1850s, NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17567042

Rate the Dress: a fancy dress in search of accessories

Apologies for the rather delayed Rate the Dress. We just had a three day weekend for Labour Day, and my internal calendar is completely confused. On top of that, it’s the busiest time of year at work: the major show of the year + prepping for graduation + interviewing candidates for next year, all in a three week period! And if that wasn’t enough excitment, it’s a very important year in the Baha’i Faith: 200 years since the birth of the Bab. There have been nonstop commemorations and celebrations, and I’ve been dashing from work to receptions at Parliament one day, and then dashing home to do flower arranging for another event the next… I really wanted to have a fancy dress for this week’s Rate the Dress, and this was the most striking example I could find that hasn’t been featured before. It is missing something though… Last Week: a 1920s child’s frock  You found last week’s hand painted frock utterly charming. If there was any tiny fly in the ointment it was that …