Last June I was attending the Dress U Court Dinner. I needed a Court gown! For fun I had been researching late Victorian Court etiquette and dress, and decided upon an inspiration gown from The Met:
I found some champagne satin and matching tulle and set to work using Truly Victorian patterns. Since the TV trained skirt pattern wasn't out yet, I had to wing the long court train, which was typically 3-4 yards long in the mid 1880s (!!!). Mine is detachable.
I had to hand pleat and hand set sequins on the net trim.
The train is 4 yards long and made of white and silver brocade lined in champagne satin. I even made the requisite court feathered headdress and carried a feather fan and bouquet.
The New York Times, 1902:
Mrs. R.J. Kennedy in Court Presentation attire, 1898Courtesy of Lafayette Studios, V&A Museum