The New Woman fancy dress costume. She wears a cloth tailor-made gown, and her bicycle is portrayed in front of it, together with the Sporting Times and her golf club ; she carries her betting book and her latch-key at her side, her gun is slung across her shoulder, and her pretty Tam o'Shanter is surmounted by a bicycle lamp. She has spats to her patent leather shoes, and is armed at all points for conquest. c. 1896
This design was created by Leon Sault. The deep crimson crinoline skirt is decorated with cavorting demons climbing up pitchforks and swinging from ropes, and bats in flight, with an overskirt shaped and patterned to suggest a black lizard skin with gilded scales. An owl in flight forms the wearer's bodice, and her headdress is a devil with horns and a pitchfork sitting in flames. The costume probably represents Hell, although it could also be "Nightmare".
Worth, 1860s, costume
Fancy dress costume | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mrs. William Seward Webb (neé Lila O. Vanderbilt) costumed as a bee for the elaborate ball hosted by her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt, 26 March 1883. It was this ball that earned the entire Vanderbilt family a place on Mrs. Astor's 400 List of the New York's most socially elite.