Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What to Wear to the Queen's Drawing Room in 1833

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Court Dress April 1832
Loretta reports:

In case you were wondering what the ladies wore to the Queen’s Drawing Room, here are a few descriptions of dresses worn to the one held on 18 April 1833. (idiosyncratic spelling retained).
A list of the principal dresses worn at Her Majesty’s  Drawing Room.

HER MAJESTY. A rich silver tissue dress, embroidered in gold, the body and sleeves ornamented with diamonds and blonde: train of crimson velvet, lined with white satin, with gold and silver border to correspond. Headdress, feathers and diamonds.

DUCHESS DE DINO. A gold and silver lama dress over a white satin slip, with gold and silver lama corsage a pointe, profusely trimmed with gold fringe; manteau of emerald-green velvet, superbly trimmed, with rich garniture to correspond; cherusse en blonde. Head-dress, green wreath, with ostrich feathers, surmounted with diamonds.

MARCHIONESS OF DOWNSHIRE. A figured satin petticoat, trimmed with robings of blonde and gauze riband; boddice and sleeves trimmed with blonde to correspond ; train of green velvet, splendidly trimmed with lama and gold fringe. Head-dress, blonde lappets, feathers, and diamonds.

MARCHIONESS OF HASTINGS. A crape petticoat, richly embroidered with gold and silver, worn over white satin body, and train of cream-coloured satin, embroidered to correspond. Pearl ornaments.

MARCHIONESS OF LONDONDERRY. A black crape dress and train, lined with black gros deNaples, trimmed with gauze riband, and attaches of clusters of diamonds; corsage a pointe, with a splendid diamond stomacher. Head-dress, black feathers en chaperon, double guirlande of diamonds, black lace lappets, and necklace of large pearls and diamonds.

MARCHIONESS WELLESLEY. A rich black bugle dress; train to correspond. Head-dress, black feathers and jet ornaments.

Court Journal Saturday 20 April 1833

 That’s only the the very top ranks.  For the lot—countesses, viscountesses, etc.—please click here.

Illustration:  Court Dress for April 1832 (a year earlier, but close enough) from The Royal Lady’s Magazine, 1832.  To enlarge the dress description below, please click on the image.  Or you can read it here.


Kathy said...

The "lama" and "trimmed in lama" had me thinking of very warm, furry clothing. But I think they meant "Lamé".

Jolene Rae Harrington said...

I, too, assumed "lame" especially since its used in conjunction with gold and silver, conventional lame fabrics. Loretta, can you confirm?

LorettaChase said...

Yes, it's lamé. Spelling at this time is quirky, French & English.

QuiltGranma said...

Did anyone else notice what is wrong with the picture? She is looking one direction but the mirror has her looking the other way! What an odd way to paint a painting!

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