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Back to the party: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Costume Ball / On the musical front Wagner was still very popular in the 1890s so it is not surprising that there was a Brunhilde (Mrs Leslie):

Back to the party: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Costume Ball 1897

On the musical front Wagner was still very popular in the so it is not surprising that there was a Brunhilde (Mrs Leslie): Duchess of Devonshire's costume ball 1897

LOUISE THE DUCHESS OF CONNAUGHT AS ANNE OF AUSTRIA | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The Devonshire House Jubilee Costume Ball. Princess Louise, Duchess of Connaught, dressed as Anne of Austria (mother of Louis XIV).

Back to the party: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Costume Ball 1897

Back to the party: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Costume Ball 1897

a couple of narrow waisted Valkyries (Two sisters, the Mademoiselles de Courcel): Duchess of Devonshire's costume ball 1897

The Hornet and The Incroyable -from the book, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt, 1887. This book gives advice on what to wear to fancy dress balls or masquerade balls and includes many illustrations. Have some Halloween costume inspiration from the Victorian Era! Source : http://fuckyeahvictorians.tumblr.com/post/34712916014/thedailyvictorian-re-posting-two-costume

The Hornet and The Incroyable -from the book, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt, This book gives advice on what to wear to fancy dress balls or masquerade balls and includes many illustrations.

The Ladies Churchill as Watteau shepherdesses,  at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July 2, 1897. (Shepherdesses of course have always been a favourite dressing up role for the aristocracy, favoured by Marie Antoinette and even Louis XIV’s brother who was always called Monsieur.)

Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball

Fancy Dress the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball. The Ladies Churchill came as Watteau shepherdesses, which have always been a favourite dressing up role for the aristocracy, favoured by Marie Antoinette.

Sitter: Corisande Evelyn Vere, Baroness Rodney (d. 1943), née Guest.  Biog: Daughter of 1st Baron Wimborne; m (1891) 7th Baron Rodney (div 1902).  Role: Queen Guinevere.

Baroness Corisande Rodney, nee Guest, wearing a diamond belle epoque tiara with large radial motifs, and smaller spacers; dressed as Queen Guinevere at the Devonshire House Ball, 1897

H.S.H. ("Daisy") Princess Henry of Pless, née Mary Theresa Olivia Cornwallis-West as The Queen of Sheba/Cleopatra. The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897.

("Daisy") Princess Henry of Pless, née Mary Theresa Olivia Cornwallis-West as The Queen of Sheba/Cleopatra. The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July

Lady Alexandra Acheson strikes a pose in a hunting costume of the Louis XV period ; the Duchess of Devonshire’s Jubilee Costume Ball of 1897

Back to the party: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Costume Ball 1897

Lady Alexandra Acheson strikes a pose in a hunting costume of the Louis XV period, when the French aristocracy also enjoyed dressing up - The Duchess of Devonshire’s Costume Ball 1897

The Hon Mrs Maguire as Dido Queen of Carthage (Major Wynne-Finch with her) p239

Party time again: Costume Ball 1897

The Hon. Mrs Maguire as Dido, Queen of Carthage anachronistically accompanied not by a man dressed as Aeneas but by a Major Wynne-Finch, whose role is not recorded as far as I can tell. The Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Ball 1897

Costumes from the Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball in 1897 (Photo: The Countess of Westmoreland as Hebe)

Costume Ball 4: Ladies only

Miss Keith Fraser as Delilah

Costume Ball 4: Ladies only

Miss Fraser as Delilah, a Biblical character familiar to most people of the time.

Alva Vanderbilt's sister-in-law, Mrs. William Seward Webb, nee Lila O. Vanderbilt.  She attended Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt's famous Fancy Dress Ball in 1883 dressed as the Hornet. found on Beauty From Ashes

William Seward Webb (neé Lila O. Vanderbilt) in "Hornet" fancy dress costume with diamond headdress, for the Vanderbilt Ball, Photo by Mora. Museum of the City of New York.

Mrs William (Willie) Dodge James,  The Devonshire House Ball, 2 July 1897 -  © Victoria and Albert Museum

Images by Lafayette of the Guests in Costume at the Devonshire House Ball 3 July Mrs William (Willie) Dodge James, later Mrs John Chaytor Brinton, née Evelyn Elizabeth Forbes "in costume of period of Henry II"

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The ethereal beauty of Mrs J Graham Menzies in the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Duchess of Devonshire's costume ball 1897

Photos from Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, THE social event of 1897 (I'm told). These are professional photographs taken at the event and sold in various forms later, so this the 19th century version of celebrity culture. This is from The Library Time Machine, and the entire site is fantastic and not to be missed.

Costume Ball 4: Ladies only

Lady Ampthill as a lady of King Arthur's court, costumed for the Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball in Very modern looking lady compared to the rest of the attendees.

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