Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Forbidden feathers

On June 1, 1785 Eliza Sheridan wrote of a visit to the theatre where, as usual, eyes were mostly on those off the stage:
'The King, Queen, and the Three Princesses with two of the younger childred occupied two Boxes fronting the Orchestra. The Duchess of Devonshire and all the women of Fashion in a gallery near them...With regard to the company the Women appeared to disadvantage as being forbid Hats and Feathers they had almost uniformly put on the most disfiguring head-dress I ever saw — A Mob of a most immense size, simply illustrated with blue or yellow ribbons — this over friz'd Heads and sallow complexions had a very bad effect — a few with fair skins and clear brown hair bore the disguise tollerably.'

7 comments:

  1. It is really interesting that nothing has changed today. Most people even today go to events just to be seen.

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  2. It'd be a shame for them to be seen without the fashionable attire they desired due to a ban ;)

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  3. Hi, do you have a reference for this? I am writing a dissertation on the Devonshire House Circle and would love to use the extract as it lends perfectly to my argument.

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