I’ve been watching some of the videos from the treasure trove that is the McCord Museum, and in this one about Fancy Dress balls, a few things:
-No one knew what vikings looked like
-Even in Victorian times people were trying to make Canadians give a shit about their own history
-the “Incroyable” the Adult Babies (“Our Nurse Nannie”), and the “harlequin” with the MASSIVE mutton chops are great
but most of all
-Someone is dressed as “Tennis” and another as “Photography”
Costume balls of that period were awesome! I would have loved to party with the guys who all did ‘Our Nurse Nanny’, haha!
Victorians: Pioneers of the hipster concept costume