The little vest and the sleeve-pieces are fashioned of bright Indian gold tinsel, patterned all over - or, if this is not easily obtainable, plain cloth of gold may be embroidered in gold with a Botticelli pattern copied from one or other of the characteristic designs to be found in any one of his pictures. The sleeve-pieces are tied on with gold ribbon bows, and puffinp;s of gauze appear at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
On her head, the Botticelli Dancer wears a wreath of small, many-coloured blossoms, and the arrangement of her hair is very characteristic. It should be parted in the middle, and crimped, not waved, to give angles instead of curves, and, left unbound, should hang, if possible, to below her waist.
The Romney Dress is a charmingly simple and dainty little affair, fashioned of softest white muslin, with a filmy muslin fichu and simple Leghorn hat, tied with a powder blue ribbon with long, floating ends. A ribbon belt of similar hue, ending in a bow, is tied just below the fichu to give a very high-waisted effect. Bronze sandal-shoes are worn, with crossing elastics, over fine white silk stockings.
The dress is of darkest brown-black gauze made in the shade known astete de negre, worn over a very narrowly-cut divided skirt of finest cafe au lait coloured crepe de Chine, or thin silk, reaching to the ankles.
The gauze scarf which practically forms the bodice is arranged quite narrowly over the shoulders, and widens out to cross over the hips in characteristic Egyptian fashion. It is bordered with narrowest bands of emerald green and deep rose-pink silk. The sleeves are long and hanging. One falls over the shoulder, while the other leaves the upper part of the arm bare, and is only caught to it below the elbow. They are fashioned of grass-green ninon, with similar borders of green and pink silk and mingled green and blue silk fringes.
A green silk belt encircles the waist, and green and pink scarab ornaments adorn the front of the bodice, while a necklace of green and pink beads, from which a green scarab hangs, is also worn.
A green silk cloak over which a scarf of bright blue is flowing, hangs from the shoulders.
The Egyptian head-dress is of deep rose-coloured silk of a very soft-falling make, narrowly striped, if possible, with two pinks of almost the same colour. It has a tiny border of black and gold, and beneath it the wearer's hair, which must be entirely hidden in front, hangs down behind the ears in tiny Egyptian plaits.
The forehead band is of gold, with a green scarab in the centre. A great garland of crimson lotus or hibiscus flowers is flung round the headdress, and hangs down the back and over the shoulders in several long and short trailing ends. Wide gold bracelets should be worn, and jewelled Egyptian sandals are the correct foot gear, though, for dancing purposes, flat green sandal shoes might be substituted.
Tangerine Oranges. - This dress is designed from the 1830 period, and it would be hard to imagine anything more effective if worn by a tall, slender, dark-haired girl.
'trelawney of the Wells." A mid-victorian damsel of the type so familiar in Leech s sketches
The dress itself is of orange satin, with black chenille fringe, and the skirt is festooned with narrow, black velvet ribbons, ending in a true lovers' knot on the left side, from which hangs a huge spray of padded velvet Tangerine oranges and leaves, carried out in their natural colourings, and appliqued to the dress with fine effect. A similar spray of Tangerine oranges is arranged on the front of the bodice, and a charming wreath of pointed orange leaves with several small Tangerine oranges in front, complete a delightful picture. A small black fan, tied with velvet ribbon, is carried, and black shoes and stockings and long white gloves are worn.
1864 - "Trelawney of the Wells" Dress
This lady of the crinoline wears a merino petticoat of dull Venetian red, over which is festooned a dark green silk overskirt. The coat is of biscuit-coloured cloth, fastened with cloth-covered buttons, and finished at the neck with a narrow white linen collar.
The boat-shaped hat is of biscuit-coloured felt, trimmed with a little red feather and rosette in front. The wearer's hair is enclosed in a green chenille net, and her feet are encased in black buttoned boots with black-and-white striped stockings. Little white undersleeves peep from beneath the coat sleeves, and are met by bright green kid gloves fastened with a single button. Long gold earrings complete her attire.
It consists of an underdress with short sleeves of wild hyacinth blue silk, of rather soft make, bordered at the hem and round the edge of the sleeves with vivid green silk ribbon edged with pink. The skirt, which just touches the ground behind, is folded into a boxpleat in front, which is hitched up, giving a very graceful effect when dancing; and there is a little fine embroidery, carried out in green and pink, up the left front of the skirt.