Advent Calendar – Day Thirteen

13 December 2013

front dress

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a side

Evening gown, Worth (Paris), 1898-1900. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Okay, after all the excessive flounce and furbelow of the last couple of days, this dress is probably going to seem more than a little bit plain but honestly how could I resist that sumptuously rich berry red velvet? If the ombré flapper dress a few days ago was perfect for Downton Abbey‘s Lady Rose to wear to a smoky jazz club then this fabulously Christmassy Worth gown is a Lady Mary Crawley dress and no mistake – although she’d be wearing it in the spirit of nostalgia as it dates from around 1900.

Simple though it may be, this gown is beautifully restrained and, I expect, massively becoming when worn – definitely one to make an entrance in when attending a Christmas party where you expect to bump into all of your boyfriend’s exes.

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