1. At first glance this 1905 evening gown designed by Lucile and entitled ‘A Protest’ appears to be just a pretty dress, if not with a slightly unusual name and color combination. The whole truth is far more interesting.
I wrote a while back about the Victorian practice of using different colors or gemstones to spell out messages in jewelry. This dress uses the same practice on a larger scale.
The color combination of (g)reen, (w)hite and (v)iolet would have sent a very specific message to any one in the know.
Specifically: (G)ive (W)omen the (V)ote.
This is a suffragette ball gown!

    At first glance this 1905 evening gown designed by Lucile and entitled ‘A Protest’ appears to be just a pretty dress, if not with a slightly unusual name and color combination. The whole truth is far more interesting.

    I wrote a while back about the Victorian practice of using different colors or gemstones to spell out messages in jewelry. This dress uses the same practice on a larger scale.

    The color combination of (g)reen, (w)hite and (v)iolet would have sent a very specific message to any one in the know.

    Specifically: (G)ive (W)omen the (V)ote.

    This is a suffragette ball gown!

  2. Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.
The robin egg’s blue color is absolutely gorgeous!

    Lucile was noted for her layering of sheer fabrics as can be seen in this 1905 evening dress.

    The robin egg’s blue color is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. A brightly colored, embroidered evening jacket from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.
I love the pintucks on the shoulders.

    A brightly colored, embroidered evening jacket from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.

    I love the pintucks on the shoulders.

  4. A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.

    A colorful, handkerchief-style evening dress by Schiaparelli, Summer 1940.

  5. A Schiaparelli dinner dress from her Spring-Summer 1940 collection. I love the coral and aqua color combination.

    A Schiaparelli dinner dress from her Spring-Summer 1940 collection. I love the coral and aqua color combination.

  6. Shocking Pink wasn’t the only bright color Schiaparelli used. This blindingly orange sweater dates from between 1938 and 1940.

    Shocking Pink wasn’t the only bright color Schiaparelli used. This blindingly orange sweater dates from between 1938 and 1940.

  7. An boldly patterned evening cape from Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1939 collection.

    An boldly patterned evening cape from Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1939 collection.

  8. A boy’s bright orange wool dress with ribbon trim dating to 1856.

    A boy’s bright orange wool dress with ribbon trim dating to 1856.

  9. An absolutely amazing Turkish themed fancy dress costume by Charles Worth, circa 1870. The color of the harem pants is just beautiful. I posted the front view of this ensemble last year when I was doing the blue section of the rainbow theme.

    An absolutely amazing Turkish themed fancy dress costume by Charles Worth, circa 1870. The color of the harem pants is just beautiful. I posted the front view of this ensemble last year when I was doing the blue section of the rainbow theme.

  10. A fabulous mod dress by Rudi Gernreich, 1967-1968.

    A fabulous mod dress by Rudi Gernreich, 1967-1968.