So, yesterday I attended the aforementioned event. Sadly, poor Mrs E. was indisposed, so I had only myself to escort. My attire was basically the same as last time, I wanted however to change or add something. I have posted one of my favourite portraits so many times now, but here it is again: Monsieur Pierre Seriziat by David, 1795. Since the event was an afternoon assembly, not a formal ball, it was not necessary to wear full dress. As Mr. S. below. But what else does he wear? Something quite significant: A wig! The transition years between the revolution and the Empire (or, if you prefer, the Georgian era and the Regency) still saw use of the powdered wig. (And it continued well into the first decade of the 1800´s with conservative and/or older gents.) There are many closeups in this post so bare with me.
As it happens I already had an acceptable a wig. It is an oldie from years back when I improved an ugly cheap-o wig (to use in a museum where I worked at that time). It is dark brown with highlights in it, powdered. The portrait shows a more frizzy wig, mine is not. The powder covers the shine, and that is a big improvement on synthetic hair. The side curls are large and positioned quite low, one on each side, continuing around the back, suitable for the 1790´s. The (talcum-) powder does not show well in the photos, but I admit I could have added more had we had any. Some of the curls only needed repinning, and it was set to go.
… topped off with the new hat (still not improved).
Read more about hats here.
1790´s style: Large curls (“boucle en rouleau”) and a cascade of locks at the back tied with black ribbon.
The wig is an oldie that I styled many years ago. It has come to use now and then, and recently I remembered it and thought why not?
Right, enough posing in front of the camera. Time to go.
It was only a short ride by metro to the venue – the restored Kristinehof manor – and once there I met up with many friends and made new acquaintances. As soon as everybody was ready the music started to play. The musicians (and organizers of the event) were Wilhelm Dahllöf on cembalo; Nina Grigorjeva, bassoon; Thomas Schützer, transverse flute, and Ulrika Westerberg, violin. A treat to dance to live music!
Instructions for “Retour de Spa”. Our dance intructor was Ivar Asplund.
There were many beautiful 1780´s costumes in silks and printed cottons. The 1790´s uniform is from the Svea Livgarde or La Garde du Roi.
One of the ladies in a lovely gown, here in front of the Gustavian tiled stove.
We all had a wonderful time as the afternoon light outside the windows faded. There is a good chance that March will bring more dancing. I certainly wouldn´t mind!
I feel I failed to ask everybody for permission to publish photos. If you happen to find yourself here and wish not to, please let me know.