This links to an article of descriptions of fancy dress from Harper's Bazar, 1869 - although this image is not from that issue.

Fancy dress costumes for a Victorian fancy dress party, featuring fancy dress costume ideas, materials, masks, costs and rental fees.

Holt, Ardern Fancy dresses described; or, what to wear at fancy balls  Debenham and Freebody, [1896]

Butterfly fancy dress from 'Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls,' by Hold, Ardern, 1896

The costume may represent Eve and the Serpent, with "Eve" wearing a simple white dress entirely covered in sprigs of flowers and a wreath

Eve and the Serpent

Eve and the Serpent Object: Design for a fancy-dress costume Place of origin: Paris, France (made) Date: (made) .

From Laura Vetter's article on Victorian Fancy dress at mnsochotdish.wordpress.com

An Overview of Victorian Fancy Dress

Fancy dress costume, early 1890s, from the John Bright Collection. The accompanying illustration shows an "Incroyable" costume from Ardern Holt's "Fancy dresses described: What to wear at fancy balls," third edition, 1882 (London: Debenham & Freebody).

Fancy dress costume, early from the John Bright Collection. The accompanying illustration shows an "Incroyable" costume from Ardern Holt's "Fancy dresses described: What to wear at fancy balls," third edition, 1882 (London: Debenham & Freebody).

Wastepaper Basket from 'Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls,' by Hold, Ardern, 1896

Wastepaper basket fancy dress, 1896 London, Fancy Dress Described There’s such a thing as too much creativity.

Fancy dress, 1877 France, La Mode Illustree        The woman’s costume is supposed to be Elizabethan, but I’m not entirely sure what the kids are supposed to be.    I’m pretty sure the little girl in the middle is a Revolutionary War soldier, which is a pretty freaking sweet fancy dress!  I’ll have to add this to the giant to-be-made list!

I like the little girls dress. Something like that would be fun for the of July shoot. Fancy dress, 1877 France, La Mode Illustree I love the Red white and blue dress

A rather wonderful, can-can-esque fancy dress costume from the March 1835 edition of The Beau Monde.

yeoldefashion: A rather wonderful, can-can-esque fancy dress costume from the March 1835 edition of The Beau Monde.

NIGHT&DAY dress by C.F. Worth 1858 - A fancy dress costume made of blue and yellow silk. The silk velvet bodice is boned and lined with cream silk. The multilayered skirt has decorative elements such as butterflies, bats, flowers, a stuffed bird and a padded silver moon crescent, all attached onto the skirt and further trimmed with beads and sequins. This fancy dress costume includes the original silk slippers, one for Night, one for Day, and a feather fan, also split into ni

elle-emeno-pee: “ “NIGHT&DAY dress by C. Worth 1858 - A fancy dress costume made of blue and yellow silk. The silk velvet bodice is boned and lined with cream silk. The multilayered skirt has.

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