Preparing For the Ball. Franz Xaver Simm (Austrian, 1853-1918). Oil on panel.
“…The young girls look best in light gossamer material, in tulle, crepe, or tarlatan, in pale light colors or in white, while an elderly, stout woman never looks so badly as in low-necked light-colored silks or satins, Young women look well in natural flowers; elderly women, in feathers and jewelled head-dresses.”
(Excerpt from “Manners and Social Usages,” by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood, 1887)