Hi there! I know you’ve taken requests before. Can I ask for some ideas of what Alina might wear to the ballet?
I couldn't find any instructions on how to dress to the ballt specifically (all I'm getting is what the performers wore), but I assume that the dresscode is the same as for the opera, so let's look into that!
Basically, the dress code for the opera/ballet is a very elegant and decorated evening dress. Apparently, the general guidelines for opera dresses is that it should not be made of thin/delicate fabrics (so they wouldn't be crushed in the crowd/while sitting for a longer period of time), and that they should coordinate with the theater/box itself! (You go to the opera to be seen, after all.)
"The woman in the opera box has the same problem to solve as the woman on the stage: her costume must be effective at a distance. Such a costume may be white, black, and any colour; gold, silver, steel, or jet; lace, chiffon--what you will-provided the fact be kept in mind that your outline be striking and the colour and agreeable contrast against the lining of the box." (Woman as Decoration, 1917)
Over the gown, and opera cloak should be worn--this, in contrast to the men's opera cloak, was short (waist-hips lenght), very elaborate, and sometimes his a high, standing collar. Opera gloves are also a must.
As for accessories/jewelry, "the grander the better"!
"The hair should be dressed as for a large evening party, and artificial flowers, jewels, feathers, ribbons, or any style of heaadress peculiar to the fashion may be worn."
"Jewelry must be worn according to the dress, but more is allowable than on most occassions, and the glittering gems are very effective in the brilliant light of a superb oprea house."
This is a wedding dress from the late 1880s, but I guess would work well as an opera/ballet gown as well
Ball gown, 1898-1902
Evening gown, 1888
Evening dress, c. 1902
I can't find the exact date now, but these are House of Worth gowns
Opera cloak, Emile Pignat, c. 1882
Opera cloak, 1850s
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