The Fancy Dress Costume

The fancy dress party, in many ways, takes on the traits we associate with today’s Halloween: unique costumes, large get-togethers, and a night enjoying being someone other than yourself.  While limited information is available, there are a variety of drawings from the 19th to early 20th century that show the ornate creativity of these inspired seamstresses.

Amber Butchart from Amber Butchart:Fahsion Historian gives a fascinating overview on the History of Fancy Dress Balls.  I highly recommend popping over to check out this wonderful source!

I also thought I would share with you several examples of these “fancy dress” outfits to inspire you on the eve of Halloween!

Historical fancy dress

Many more can be viewed here.

Have a wonderfully spooky Halloween everyone!



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