Theatricals and Tableaux Vivants; Giving Full Directions as to Stage Arrangements, "Making Up," Costumes, and Acting

Theatricals and Tableaux Vivants; Giving Full Directions as to Stage Arrangements, "Making Up," Costumes, and Acting

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... some instances the beauty is marred by the introduction of fantastic additions, and as early as.1658, the petticoat brecches made their appearance in England. The breaches were ornamented with stripes or ribbons, and:1 short-waisted doublet, richly embroidered (vidc Fig. 55, Costume of Charles. IL, 1661). Painters, ancient and modern, have made us well acquainted with the splendour of tho female dress fashionable in tho days of tho " Merry Monarch;" and the shelves of all priulsellers abound with engravings representing the eostuluo of this period to such an extent that description is perfectly mmecessary; so we will simply close our illustrated descriptions of costumes worn in this reign with a sketch (Fig. 56) of a Lady's llunting Costume. With the reign of William III. came many monstrous additions. The periwig was of an enormous size, while, it being the fashion for aristocrats to comb out their wigs in the public footpath, a. tortoiseshell comb of elegant design was carried constantly in the pocket, and as a modern exquisite twirls his moustaches so did the beau of that day comb his peruko, whether at the theatre or at a "kettledrum" given by the haut ton of Leicester-square. The hats appear to have very broad brims, turned up on one side, and ornamented with feathers (vide Fig. 57). Shoe buckles at this period appear to be very fashionable, although they are mentioned as far back as the reign of Edward IV. llnge cuffs for the sleeves, puckered and puffed, were much admired by the nobility. The female costume is noticeable for the profusion of lace which adorned the person, and in a "print of the time" Queen Mary is represented literally smothered in it. Long gloves also made their appearance...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236975375
  • 9781236975379