"The Incroyable," 1887

This is a color fashion plate from the 1887 edition of the book, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt. This book gives advice on what to wear to fancy dress or masquerade balls and includes many illustrations. Costumes worn to balls of this type were a little more abstract than what we would wear today. Sometimes costumes represented concepts, seasons or, in this case, historical events. The Incroyable was to represent the French Revolution.