Frances Gwendolyn (née Francklyn) Castens] in her Noah's Ark costume, worn when skating, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 189-?. Frances was the daughter of George and Frances Francklyn and the g. grand-daughter of Sir Samuel Cunard. Her headpiece is complemented by a gown sporting appropriate fish, fowl and wildlife. Awesome.

Frances Gwendolyn (née Francklyn) Castens] in her Noah's Ark costume, worn when skating, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 189-?. Frances was the daughter of George and Frances Francklyn and the g. grand-daughter of Sir Samuel Cunard. Her headpiece is complemented by a gown sporting appropriate fish, fowl and wildlife. Awesome.

Costume designed by Wilhelm for Adeline Genée as Patty in the ballet ‘The Pretty Prentice’, 1916. Museum no. S.1452-1982

Costume designed by Wilhelm for Adeline Genée as Patty in the ballet ‘The Pretty Prentice’, 1916. Museum no. S.1452-1982

The American Gilded Age era, "New Woman”, in America and England, - wearing her fancy dress costume. ~ The illustration, c.1896, depicts in her dress, the new sports she was a participant in; bicycling, a bicycle lamp on her hat, golf, hunting, and reading the, 'Sporting Tip's'. ~ {cwl}

The American Gilded Age era, "New Woman”, in America and England, - wearing her fancy dress costume. ~ The illustration, c.1896, depicts in her dress, the new sports she was a participant in; bicycling, a bicycle lamp on her hat, golf, hunting, and reading the, 'Sporting Tip's'. ~ {cwl}

Mrs. Paget as Cleopatra, at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July 2, 1897.

Mrs. Paget as Cleopatra, at the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Costume Ball, July 2, 1897.

Lady Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston's mother) at 1897 Devonshire Ball in Byzantine Empress Theodora costume by Worth. - From the book "A Century of Fashion" by Jean-Philippe Worth, 1928.

Lady Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston's mother) at 1897 Devonshire Ball in Byzantine Empress Theodora costume by Worth. - From the book "A Century of Fashion" by Jean-Philippe Worth, 1928.

Costume for fancy dress ball, Mrs. Dobbs, Melbourne, 1866. Cream-colored silk satin, lined in cotton, with linen pocket. White satin panels of skirt were printed with pages from 13 Melbourne newspapers, including the Age, Argus, Herald, Australasian, Leader Illustrated Australian News, & Punch. Slips inserted between panels show titles of all newspapers. Metal trim or ribbon added to cover skirt seams. Ribbon trim is cotton warp & gold alloy wire weft. Australian Dress Register

Costume for fancy dress ball, Mrs. Dobbs, Melbourne, 1866. Cream-colored silk satin, lined in cotton, with linen pocket. White satin panels of skirt were printed with pages from 13 Melbourne newspapers, including the Age, Argus, Herald, Australasian, Leader Illustrated Australian News, & Punch. Slips inserted between panels show titles of all newspapers. Metal trim or ribbon added to cover skirt seams. Ribbon trim is cotton warp & gold alloy wire weft. Australian Dress Register

The Duke and Duchess of Portland costumed as the Duke and Duchess of Savoy at the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's Costume Ball in 1897

The Duke and Duchess of Portland costumed as the Duke and Duchess of Savoy at the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's Costume Ball in 1897

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