The Royal Wedding May 2018 - We Look at the May Summer Fashion for May 1953.

Thursday, 10th May 2018

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you will know the Royal Wedding is next weekend!

To celebrate the Royal Wedding of Megan and Harry we have been looking through some vintage scrap books to see what the summer fashion was like in May in the 1800s.

We are lucky to have an original scrap book which was owned by a girl at that time. She had cut clippings from a newspaper called Illustrated London News throughout the 1850s.

The clippings show three illustrations of dresses, one which the girl painted in with green and violet. These illustrations resemble the Paris Fashions for May 1853.

“The mutations of fashion during the last three years have been chiefly a few modifications in the adopted patterns of the day; and the novelties for May are especially of this class. The number of flounces has always been kept to three, for morning dresses; for evening there has been variety, but they should always be in odd numbers. The pagoda sleeves are still worn, and will be the fashion for the ensuing summer; but instead of being plainly trimmed at the extremity, as when they first appeared, all kinds of ornaments are added. A jockey is put on the shoulders, with a fringe, which is repeated at the extremity of the same stuff as the dress, on which are applied a slight trimming of jet, with which the body is also trimmed. The inside of the seam of the sleeve is sometimes covered with lace braid, with which also the extremity of the sleeve is trimmed, above a fringe. Velvet and small plaited ribbons are also used in bows, in great variety.

Bonnets are very small, and are more worn about the neck than on the head. They are still to been seen trimmed with velvet; but we are enabled to announce that plaited straw in stripes. mixed with ribbons, will this year be for the groundwork of the bonnet; and crape-net and flowers will be used for trimming. Flowers which were worn around the front of the bonnet have been dispensed with, bunches on each side being sufficient. Crape bonnets are made with much net, which is set on, from front to back, over the whole bonnet, except on the front row, which is adapted for a falling veil; the trimming, blonde and flowers.

The scarf mantelets will still be worn. They are made of lace or guipure. The shape is nearly round behind, two ends rounded infant, without being very long on either side; and there are three or four rows of lace. For spring the ground of the mantelet is made pf taffetas, nearly always black; for summer, the ground will be replaced by net or better still, by full lace.

Dresses are still worn with small skirts, the petticoat being separate from the body; which allows the former to be worn with a velvet corsage for the present season, and with a muslin canezou for summer. Taffetas are made with patterns for three flounces, of plain stuff, or various dark shades - black, blue, green; violet periwinkle blue (a new and charming shade), with plain stripes of a lighter shade for the trimming of the flounces. Large plaid checks of rather dark shades, and without trimming, or flounces, are new; the variety of shades is sufficiently ornamental, and would seem to be spoiled by trimming.”

The Illustrations

In-door Toilette. - Guipure cap, with small ribbons put on in flat bows long lappets falling on the shoulders.

White Cashmere Dress, of large flowered pattern, reaching nearly up to the waist. Body plain white, without pattern, with facings, trimmed with ribbon put on flat, and round the edge with a silk fringe of the same depth. The skirt is quite round; pagoda sleeves, trimmed with two bows of ribbons put on the seam of the insides.

Blonde Bonnet, with small flounces, laid one over the other, mousquetaire collar, with long pointed teeth. Taffetas dress, with three flounces; mantelets, with four rows of lace of different widths; the shape is slightly in a point for behind, for the lace is so arranged as to form the circle. Lace bonnets, with long tulle falling behind, and bunches of flowers. Taffetas dress, embroidered down the front. Spring mantelet of taffetas, fully embroidered all over the ground work; bound behind with two rows of lace, uniting in a single row in front; the edge trimmed with a velvet ribbon, stamped, which is repeated at the beginning of each lace flounce.

London: Printed and Published at the office, 198, Strand, in the parish of St. Clement Danes, in the county of Middlesex, by William Little, 198, Strand, aforesaid.- Saturday, April 30, 1853.

We are excited here at The Button Queen to see all of the beautiful dresses, we love a good reason to celebrate! Heres to the happy couple.