This lady looks practically out of a fairy tale with the large sleeves and flowers in her hair. A muse of many of us writers, I suppose. Seems something Cora, the princess in some of my stories, might wear or try on. She’s from a much older point in history, though. Since the young lady in the photo seems to be posing in character, I wonder what the princess is looking at.
Our second image from the historical fancy dress is this over-the-top yet gorgeous Cleopatra costume. Can’t you imagine it bursting with color and shine with all the jewelry? The peacock fan is a great accessory. This costume has a great sense of opulence, and there’s something to see no matter where you look.
Quite some time ago–years, in fact–I came across a site which had photos from a fancy dress or costume party on which the theme seems to have been mainly historical. I don’t recall when it was held, most likely in the later Victorian or Edwardian era. I still have some of the images, and one can tell that these are high end creations for the nobility. The dress above seems fairly regency, and I have indeed used it for a character who favors that period herself. The way the fabric sash pair together is quite elegant and simple, one of the reasons I love this dress. Often I wonder what color it was, though my mind most often makes it white with a blue sash. Rather typical, probably. But yellow or sage would be quite nice, as well.