A Passion for Fashion - Madame Clapham Revisited

Maroon Ball Gown (1887)

This late Victorian gown has a bodice and skirt of maroon satin, decorated with cream lace. 

Where was it worn?

At the time this ball gown was made, upper class ladies had to follow strict dress codes. Social engagements like race meetings, balls, dinner parties and musical evenings all required different styles of dress. Madame Clapham's salon was particularly busy before Christmas, when local ladies required new dresses for the array of social functions and festivities.

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