Nahant Grand Ball

Back in August at the Nahant Vintage Dance Weekend, I was able to attend a soiree at Egg Rock (see that post here) as well as attend the Grand Ball of the weekend. I wore my 1893 bronze ball gown that I made back in 2012.

Unfortunately, I have to say that the crowds and the August temperature without air conditioning conspired for a very sweaty evening, which was not to my liking. However, everyone was very nicely attired and tasty refreshments were provided. In fact, sorbet was brought out at one point and was a tasty and cooling treat! (Hard to imagine being that warm as fall settles in and the air outside is crisp and chilly! I’ve been slow to get to posting about this event.)

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

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Dancing a waltz, I believe.

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This time I’m smiling!

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I happened to be standing in front of a fan while explanations of a dance were going on and I have to confess to laughing more at my flying shoulders than listening to the explanation…

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A view of the crowded ballroom.

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Another view of the room.

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Everyone looked fabulous for the event.

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This was my favorite new dress I hadn’t seen before. It was quite sunning, with the bi-colored sleeves and tall aigrette. And in complimenting the wearer I was able to meet someone new, which is always nice.

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TNG. That’s that.

The entire Nahant weekend made the New York Times via the delightful Bill Cunningham (who was in attendance taking pictures for the weekend). I can be spotted in a few of his pictures in the Evening Hours section from August 15. There was also an afternoon of events that I did not attend, but which you can see pictures of here and watch a video with Bill’s narration of here.

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About quinnmburgess

Quinn M. Burgess creates reproduction and costume historic clothing. Her inspiration has a strong foundation in history: historic dress, social history, and material history. With the addition of clothing construction knowledge, her passions converge in an imaginative world of creative history that she loves to share with others.
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12 Responses to Nahant Grand Ball

  1. Beautiful!! Love the topmost photo. Artful… & exquisite, just like you. ~ Love, Mom

  2. Gina White says:

    Oh Quinn! I LOVE love love your dress! It is so gorgeous and the perfect example of 1890s glory!! Your tiara is quite fabulous as well! The gauzy fabric you used for the front fall of the bodice is perfection. The picture of you in front of the fan cracks me up. I love fun pictures like that! It looks like the dance was a truly wonderful event!!
    Blessings!
    Gina

    • Thanks so much, Gina! I was also cracking up in front of the fan, as were my friends across the room. I tried to hold them (the sleeve poofs, not my friends!) down but it just wasn’t happening, so I gave up! 🙂

  3. Ruth says:

    You looked gorgeous! And so did every one else–so many lovely gowns and hair pieces. Your pearl “crown” is particuarly lovely. Would have been a great deal of fun to see.

  4. avantgarbe says:

    Looks beautiful! Coincidentally, I am also in a vintage dance group, and we are trying to get 1890s dresses together. Alas the other members rejected mid 1890s as they found the giant sleeves too ridiculous. I love them, but I am the only one in the group who is a costumer in addition to a dancer. You pulled them off beautifully! I am definitely inspired to go find myself a tiara to wear with my dress.

    • Ahh, the crazy sleeves are one of the fun things about the 1890s! Too bad other people don’t appreciate them as much. Ebay is a great place to look for reasonably priced tiaras. 🙂

  5. Ooooh…I’m SO envious of all the amazing events you get to attend, and how gorgeous everyone looks, and how gorgeous YOU look! I think having an event to wear items is so important for making them look beautiful, and yours always look AMAZING! I’ve never loved the early 1890s, but I may have to change my mind now…

    • Thanks, Leimomi! I hope you change your mind about the part of the 1890s you haven’t loved before, because the whole decade is really so fun and frivolous that there are styles to suit every taste.

  6. Lily says:

    (Just now getting caught up on some blog reading after a busy month…)

    Your whole outfit is utterly charming! I’m not a big 1890s fan, but I must say that your ensemble is tempting me to change my mind! Also, I especially love the first photo! 🙂

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