|July 1820 Ackermann's Repository|
A recent Friday video showed English debutantes of 1939. Among the images were films of the ladies being presented at Court. You will have noted the plumes, which were required for court presentations. In the early 19th century, hoops were required as well, long after they'd gone out of fashion. It wasn't until King George III died and the Prince Regent became King George IV that the ladies were allowed to abandon their hoops. You can see a fabulous collection of the Regency era court dresses, with hoops, and learn all about them at Candice Hern's website.
This dress, of course, represents the new order.
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