Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Queen Victoria's Stuart Ball Costume

From The Mirror:
Through objects from the Royal Collection and an immersive experience in the Palace’s Ballroom, visitors will learn how Victoria transformed the headquarters of the Monarchy into an rallying point for national celebrations and a family home. Undertaking a massive renovation Victoria was responsible for adding the famous balcony and the grand ballroom, which she and Prince Albert used to stage magnificent themed costume balls. Guests were encouraged to commission elaborate costumes to give work to the Spitalfield silk weavers, whose business was in sharp decline. The Stuart Ball of July 13 1851 had as its theme the Restoration period, with guests dressed in the style of Charles II’s court. Queen Victoria’s costume for the Stuart Ball, designed by the artist Eugene Lami, has a bodice and full skirt of grey moire trimmed with gold lace and an underskirt of gold and silver brocade. (Read more.)

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