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Dress of Edward IV Period from 'Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls,' by Hold, Ardern, 1896

Fancy dress balls grew so popular in the late 19th century that numerous books were published to suggest new and creative costume ideas. The most popular of these was probably 'Fancy Dresses Described: or, What to wear at fancy balls' by Adrian Holt. It went through numerous editions throughout the 1880s and 1890s (several of which are viewable online) and listed hundreds of costume ideas.This hornet costume is from the 1884 edition. {Now let's's write a heroine dressed like a bee!}

HALLOWEEN Art Print Little Girl Witch. Black Cat. Vintage Style Halloween Decor. 5x7 in. The Decorated House

Art Print, Halloween Decorating - Little Star Catcher Izabella. Her mother made her wear that dress for Halloween. But she kept her little witch hat on anyway. :)