All posts tagged: charles frederick worth

Rate the dress: Fretwork evening gown, 1893

Last week’s very red mid-18th century Rate the Dress was awash with confusion.  Was Mr Howard really that round and pink?  Or did Batoni have it in for his unfortunate sitter?  Or was Batoni really quite kind in his painting, indicating that Mr Howard was even rounder and pinker in real life?  I am surprised that no one brought up that roundness and pinkness were actually rather admired attributes in the mid 18th century!  Perhaps Batoni made him rounder and pinker than usual, and flattered him.  But that still left the mystery of why his suit was so very, overwhelmingly, red.  Was it supposed to evoke a military uniform?  The biggest mystery of all: what was that thing across his crotch?  Despite this, red and 18th century most always win out, bringing in a reasonable 6.8 out of 10. Last week I picked red to contrast with the dull colours of the week before.  Why this week’s Rate the Dress? Well, I’m in Melbourne, and all the houses in Melbourne are decorated with this amazing metal fretwork. …

Early Worth gowns

I know everyone wants to hear about the talk and see pictures, but that won’t happen yet for three reasons 1) I’m exhausted,  2) I hardly took any, so have to wait to get them from other people and 3) I’ve been asked to do a last minute talk on Sat and it gives me an excuse to pull out a few dresses I haven’t shown in a long time, so I’m frantic with that. So, in lieu of a Pompeii to Paris post, here is a pretty eye candy post in response to a readers question about early Worth gowns. There aren’t a lot of extent Worth gowns from before 1870 around, but the ones that are are fascinating glimpses into his aesthetic development, as he became more adventurous with colours and trim. Here are the early Worth gowns I can find images of: From the Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Chicago History Museum From the Museo de la Moda: From the FIDM Museum: From the Royal Ontario Museum: More dresses were on …

Rate the Dress: Charles Worth does Charles James

I can divide last week’s raters of Charles James’s feathered frock into three groups: those who liked the cut, but thought the print was a bit off, those who loved everything about the frock, and those who hated everything.  I guess that leaves me as the lone voice in the “what fabulous fabric, but what a weird cut” group.  With all these conflicting viewpoints, the dress scored a perfect 8 out of 10 I have to admit that I was feeling a little uninspired about this weeks Rate the Dress.  I have all sorts of fantastic things I want to show you, but none of them seemed right for the flow of garments I have been presenting. Yes.  I think about these sort of things. So, when in doubt, I do what I always do, and reverted to mid-Victorian as done by Charles Frederick Worth. Only this time, I managed to find a Worth frock that really looks like he collaborated with Charles James to design it.  It’s so fashion forward.  Or peculiar.  I find …