The young woman's dress, and the ambassadorial set.
Posted by Tilde on December 27, 1997 at 04:31:49:
In response to Thank you, Jennie and Tilde!, written by Caroline on December 22, 1997 at 22:20:30
] Beautiful, clear pictures! Thank you, both of you! Perhaps we could drag a little more information out of you, Tilde?
I don't know what you want me to tell, Caroline, but since I am never one for being silent when being noisy is an option, I'll try anyway.
The ambassadorial dress has been used (!) as a theatrical costume until the early 1970'es (!) where it was taken out of the costume-department at the Royal Theatre and transferred to the National Museum. Its provenance is known well, since the books at the Royal Theatre are well kept, and it came to the theatre as part of a legacy on the death of Dreyer (in 1810).
The young woman's dress on the other hand has a much more murky history. It came to the Museum as late as in 1990. The Museum sent out a call for every-day dresses of an older date, hoping to get dresses from the 30's to 60's, and lo and behold, this beauty came in a brown bag with a string on it and a notice that "family-stories" had it that it belonged to said Christiane Frederikke Holm. (I know no more of her than her name).
The problem for most museums is, that they usually only get the spectacular dresses, the special ones, (for the Regency period, mostly the white ones) whereas the "ordinary" ones (like this) were usually re-used, re-made, worn to treads and (eventually) ended up as rags. The dress is a every-day dress, and (probably) not of the first stare of fashion, since it comes from the country-side and from a well-to-do but not rich or fashionable family.
Hope this give you the information you wanted.
And seasons greetings to everyone.
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