Walking Ensemble by Charles Frederick Worth
I must admit, my 1885-1915 collection is a little bit swamped with House of Worth clothing and little else, but I can’t help myself!
This walking ensemble is complete with a châtelaine to be hung from the lady’s waist. The châtelaine was a form of functional jewellery that suspended several useful items from a hook at the waist, in the absence of pockets in most dresses and skirts.
Châtelaines were popular from the 17th to the early 20th century. The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine that reported on the fashions in 1874 held that châtelaines were worn at balls, having hooks suspended from them to hold fans. A spate of châtelaines in the 1878 Exhibition reflected their acceptance in formal wear. An extensive range of gold and silver, steel and electroplate fittings and appendages came on the market. Purses, étui memorandum books, pomanders, vinaigrettes, sewing implements and other nécessaire were suspended from them. Mass manufactured châtelaines became available, indicating the widespread use and popularity. The beginning of the 20th century marked the end of the chatelaine although modern day seamstresses still like to use them for practical reasons.
Day Dress from Europe, 1857
The tartan pattern of this dress might suggest a Scottish origin, but the use of tartan in dressmaking was widespread during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria herself had a particular love for the romanticism of the Scottish Highlands, and under her influence, the use of tartan became widespread. She even designed her own pattern, the Victorian tartan, which is still used as a royal tartan!
So a dress that is vaguely from “Europe” must be Scottish since apparently the only kind of fabric pattern or design to come from Scotland was and is Tartan. Forget the Paisley shawls popular during the Regency era from you’ve guessed it Paisley in Scotland. The romanticism of Scotland that Victoria loved so much was a myth created by the upper class gentry and writers such a Walter Scott, A pure stereotype of the Bonnie Scotsman. “Clan Tartans” weren’t even seen before the 19th century. the word Tartan isn’t even Scottish, it comes from the French word Tiretain. The entire descrition for the gorgeous dress annoys me beyond words.
Umm… did you read the description at all? I was pretty much debunking the common assumption that tartan clothing must come from Scotland by talking about the Victorian romanticism that had its roots firmly in England. I’ve even bolded for emphasis of the parts where I said almost exactly the same as you have here. I never even mentioned clan tartans (although I have gone into detail about paisleys in other posts before this one)
I don’t mind being corrected when I’m wrong about things, but it’s pretty rude to complain about my description when you clearly haven’t read/interpreted it properly at all.
Bustle Dress by White Howard & Co
This dress, with its deep, blood red colour and chain motifs seems almost like something out of a vampire story, and I find myself incredibly curious about it. If anyone can dig up more information on this dress, I would love to hear it!