TheVictorianExplorer just became my 100th follower! Since I started this on January 1, I have had such fun sharing my collections. Thank you to all my followers and all of my non-tumblr visitors. I’m posting a special image next to celebrate.
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.