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Wedding Dress (American), Met Museum, 1884
You can read the whole volume right here online! This has been a favourite link of mine for years.. and just tonight, I recognized the punched out Univ of California on the front page - it’s located in my school’s library database! I’m planning on going to see this precious volume in person very soon :)
A rather wonderful, can-can-esque fancy dress costume from the March 1835 edition of The Beau Monde.
Maria Theresa of Austria was painted wearing “Oriental” costume for a masquerade in 1744 by Martin van Meytens.
An extremely rare extant fancy dress costume dating to circa 1826.
AHHHH I AM FLAILING.
An 1827 fashion plate depicting a fanciful masquerade costume based on the traditional folk costumes of Béarn.
A Thomas Rowlandson print depicting a wild masquerade at the Pantheon in London in 1809.
I love this! Brilliant.
Lovely coordinated fancy dress costumes for mother and daughter from Le Follet Courrier des Salons, 1832.
The 1830s saw fancy dress costumes becoming far more fanciful and unrestrained. Women who were modestly covered from head to toe in daily life reveled in creating revealing and controversial costumes, a trend which is still going strong today. This spectacular example is from La Mode magazine, 1831.
It seems tumblr is having some difficulty - it won’t even let me manually publish items from my queue. I apologize, thanks for your patience!
Because of that, I’ll be reblogging (because unfortunately, I can’t upload more today) some costumes!