"…Avoid, as intensely vulgar, any display of your position as a bride,
|The dress in collections prior to proper display with bustle & appropriate underpinnings|
The patterned gold silk of the bodice, as well as accents of gold on the cuffs and skirt were eye catching. The bodice emphasized her form, with a shimmering sensuality, interplaying with the rustle…swish… glide of the skirt and train. Indeed, it is interesting to note that despite the dark taupe - a color deemed appropriate for travel- accented with baby blue fringe, the sparkle of gold might have been perceived by some as too ostentatious. One wonders if it would have met with the approval of Florence Hartley, for example, that purveyor of Victorian etiquette when she notes “If you are going to travel, have a neat dress and cloak of some plain color, and a close bonnet and veil. Avoid, as intensely vulgar, any display of your position as a bride, whilst traveling.”
(The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette…by Florence Hartley, courtesy Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/35123/pg35123.txt)
Enjoy the details of this fabulous going away dress, housed at Strawbery Banke; photos courtesy Bridget Swift.