THE IGNORANCE OF DRESS-MAKERS

We do not want all the decent drapery of life torn off.
We are returning to a great and magnificent

“princess” or queenly style of dress.
It is becoming the fashion to make a courtesy,

to flourish a fan, to bear oneself with dignity
when in this fine costume.

The modern married belle at a dinner
is apt to be dressed in white with much

crystal trimming, with feathers
in her hair, with diamonds

on her neck and arms, a coronet
on her head, (which is not

republican) and a pair of long, brown
Swedish gloves drawn up to her shoulders.

The recent edict of the Queen that
high dresses and long sleeves may be worn

on a Presentation will revolutionize
costume in England.  It however

gives elderly and delicate women
a great advantage, as only the marble

skins look well
on a cold English morning.

Manners and Social Usages,
by Mrs. John Sherwood (author of “A Transplanted Rose”)
1884, revised in 1897

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