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Early 20th c. fashion plate for "Sun" masquerade costume.

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Victorian Fancy Dress Costumes - from digitalgallery.nypl.org

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The Hornet and The Incroyable -from the book, Fancy Dresses Described by Ardern Holt, 1887. This book gives advice on what to wear to fancy dress balls or masquerade balls and includes many illustrations. Have some Halloween costume inspiration from the Victorian Era! Source : http://fuckyeahvictorians.tumblr.com/post/34712916014/thedailyvictorian-re-posting-two-costume

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Girls Fancy Dress Costume La Mode Illustree' 1870's

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The Worth gown Alice Vanderbilt wore to Alva Vanderbilt's costume ball in 1883. She was costumed as the 'Electric Light' and carried an electric torch above her head.

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masquerade ball decor - love everything about this. Wish money grew on trees!

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Fancy dress (1873) Germany. From left to right: 18th century French maid, Pierrette, and Athena.

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from eBay

Venetian Mask Crystals Bronze Masquerade Ball Fancy Dress Costume Feather Prom

Venetian Mask Crystals Bronze Masquerade Ball Fancy Dress Costume Feather Prom | eBay

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Victorian fancy dress costumes were often very inventive and conceptual, relying upon subtle and not-so-subtle visual clues and devices to indicate their meaning. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images