The Cost of a Curtsey: Court Presentation Expenses: 1907

Sunday History note:
Did you see the end of Downton Abbey season four? Then this will interest you.

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

1907 Court Presentation Gown, from FIDM. http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2011/11/court-gown-and-train-1907.html 1907 Court Presentation Gown, from FIDM. http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2011/11/court-gown-and-train-1907.html

London, June 29. The court held this week by King Edward and Queen Alexandra lends interest to the inquiry as to what it costs for a debutante to make her curtsey to the king and queen.

A certain amount of exaggeration has attached itself to the expenditure which is cited as necessary for a court outfit. The all important dress may cost thousands and tens of thousands of collards, but on the other hand, a very dainty little debutante at the last court only spent $25 on her frock. It was made by a good dressmaker and the train was lent by a friend.

A calculation has been made to decide the maximum and minimum cost of a presentation at court. There is, of course, practically no limit to the expenditure, which might be involved. A gown may be sewn with real jewels…

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