Lady’s mule slippers with long, narrow Continental toe, early 18th century
Lady’s shoes, Swedish, c. 1700
Sofia Magdalena’s coronation shoes, 1771
Queen Desideria’s coronation shoes, 1829
Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s coronation shoes, 1751
Queen Victoria’s white silk atlas wedding shoes, 1881
Queen Desideria’s silk shoe, including a silk bow decorated with 31 gold-colored spangles
Mrs. Cappelen’s shoes, covered in white silk, from Paris c. 1850
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‘In fact, some have described shoes as “candy for the eye, a poetry of the feet” ‘.
” … and even her white satin slippers had a golden bee embroidered on each toe, surmounted by a cluster of gilt bobbin lace.”“
“Not only did it cover the surface of the imperial cloaks of both the Emperor and the Empress, but Josephine‘s white satin gown was embroidered all over with golden bees.”
If you will click the portrait of Josephine the image will enlarge and you can see the bees embroidered on her gown!
Today in 1837: the 18-year-old Princess Victoria becomes Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace.
As compared with magnificence of the court way of life the personal requirements of Tsarina Catherine ll were moderate as she intentionally pointed it out. The state secretary of Catherine II who described the last ten years of her reign Gribovskoy indicated that she wore a plain loose dress of grey or violet silk. Orders and jewellery decorated her costume made of brocade or velvet all in the same style only at gala receptions.
She introduced a fashion of wearing “Russian style” dresses at the court and used elements of national costume in her attire.
(Red Coronation Gown of Catherine the Great)
An onlooker at George’s coronation, Benjamin Robert Haydon, reported that the Herbwoman’s and her attendants’ “slow movement, their white dresses were indescribably touching”. Yes, it must have seemed like a glorious event, as George slowly made his way past cheering crowds to his coronation. It certainly seemed like a promising beginning.
Thomas Sully (American, Horncastle, Lincolnshire 1783–1872 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
What The Met Says: Victoria (1819–1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. Shortly after her accession to the throne, Sully decided to visit his native England. The Society of the Sons of St. George, a charitable institution in Philadelphia, adopted a resolution to have Sully paint the Queen during this visit. Victoria sat for Sully throughout March, April and May of 1838 and he painted a number of sketches including this one. After his return to this country, he painted a number of pictures based on his sketches. A version for the Society of St. George aroused controversy when the society sought unsuccessfully to have the rights for making copies of the work removed from the artist.