Evening dress with court train, Worth, circa 1898. Two-piece black silk velvet voided to satin. Boned back-lacing bodice cut along velvet floral and inset at shoulder. Front and back with cream Alençon lace over chiffon with spangles, short sleeve with lace ruffle, matching skirt with 3 front lace gores over pleated chiffon, and long, square train. Silk lining. Via Whitaker Auctions.
Miss Helen Hay and her bridesmaids. Miss Hay was the daughter of John Hay who had been private secretary to President Lincoln and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James under President McKinley. Mr. Whitney who, like his father, went to Yale, was 26. For a wedding gift, Col. Payne gave the couple a Stanford White house at 972 Fifth Avenue.
When Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert on February 10, 1840 at the royal chapel of St. James, she wore a white satin dress, a custom which has been imitated since by many brides, royal and not royal.
The new Duchess was to be presented to the queen at court in the Drawing Rooms of St. James' Palace. Georgiana wore her wedding gown, William was 4 hours late. "His Grace is as happy as the Duchess, but his countenance does not mark it so strongly." (Lady Mary Coke) *[A View of the Ball at St. James on his Majesties Birth Night, c. 1782]