If you were wondering how to stand out in the party season, might I suggest an incredibly labour-intensive Victorian approximation of something worn by the French Revolutionary-era reactionary scenesters known as Incroyables? Thanks, once more, to the Public Domain Review I’ve discovered Fancy Dresses Described, Or What to Wear to Fancy Balls, a book published in 1887 which is full of great costume ideas and highly detailed instructions for achieving them. Even better are the coloured illustrations which are indeed in-freakin’-croyable. I mean, that hornet? It’s…I…just…words fail me.
Dress-down Friday: Fancy balls