Project Journal: 1863 Apricot Evening Gown Part X: Photos From The Ball

I was able to wear my new 1863 dress, Genevieve, to the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers’ Victoria and Albert Ball in September. I’ve spent a very long time sharing all about the dress and you’ve seen some photos of the wonderful staircases in the hall as I’ve shared finished construction photos, but I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of the ball as well, for context.

On the night of the ball, there were many dresses and tailcoats to admire in a range of years focused on the 1840s through 1860s. There was also the lovely ballroom to admire, with a famed organ at one end and many pretty details and portraits along the walls.

The guests of the evening filled the ballroom with dancing and socializing, while, in a side room, a spread of delicious refreshments was waiting to be devoured by hungry guests.

While getting more serious documenting-sewing photos, a few silly photos made their way in as well. They started off staged but reasonably not silly…

Then we tried to point at a non-existent something…

And that turned into silly-ness! I think this last one was: ‘Oh no! We’ve made the invisible object disappear with our magical powers!’

Thanks for sticking with me through so many posts about one dress!

5 thoughts on “Project Journal: 1863 Apricot Evening Gown Part X: Photos From The Ball

  1. Spectacular! The ballroom is so colorful with all the dresses and I love the photos of the two of you on the staircase. I’m sure that was a scene repeated from a bygone era.

  2. What a venue for the ball! I looked up the hall and my goodness, not only is it historic and would have seen men and women in the originals your ball emulated, whirling around, but with such good acoustics the music must have been lovely. Your dress was a worthy addition to the scene. Bravo!
    Very best,
    Natalie in KY

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