Thanks once again to the lovely folks at FIDM for sharing their treasures with us.
Court gown & train
Museum Purchase, Funds provided by Yvonne Hummel
I found this part to be very interesting: ’ … Required elements of court dress included short sleeves, low-cut bodice, lengthy train and accessories including plumes, gloves and veil. Though white was not absolutely required, it was considered the most suitable color for both married and unmarried women. If in mourning, it was acceptable to wear mourning colors, such as black and white, gray or mauve. For women who “from illness, infirmity, or advancing age” could not wear the low-cut bodice, it was possible to obtain a dispensation and wear a higher bodice and longer sleeves.4 The number and color of plumes was also regulated: three for married women, two for unmarried. Plumes were always worn with a white veil or lace lappets. White kidskin gloves were a necessity, though women could choose whether to carry flowers or a fan’. Continue reading here
Today 101 years ago the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage. In 4 days she will sink and take over 1,500 souls to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Titanic sets sail in this photo for the first and last time.