The Fashion for an Evening Performance at the Beresford, July 1903

On a July evening in 1903 at the restaurant atop the Hotel Beresford, Edith Vail Ross sang at a private dinner party hosted by Mrs. Marin. The restaurant featured stunning views of Central Park and the gathering of about 10 guests dined at 6 in the evening. Edith wrote home to her parents that she wore her “old rose dress” for the occasion. It is not known exactly what that style would have been, but here are some fashion choices of the day. What would you choose for Edith to have worn that evening?

Evening Gown A - of rose color and white mousseline with mother-of-pearl spangles; high draped belt of rose taffeta.

Evening Gown A – of rose color and white mousseline with mother-of-pearl spangles; high draped belt of rose taffeta.

Evening Gown B - of white mousseline and ecru lace; nasturtium velvet ribbon lacing the bodice, and loops at left side of decollete; velvet nasturtiums on shoulder.

Evening Gown B – of white mousseline and ecru lace; nasturtium velvet ribbon lacing the bodice, and loops at left side of decollete; velvet nasturtiums on shoulder.

Evening Gown C - of moss-green taffeta for skirt and bow on bodice; waist of black point d' esprit over green chiffon plissé; bolero of squares of black lace with outline of velvet ribbon.

Evening Gown C – of moss-green taffeta for skirt and bow on bodice; waist of black point d’ esprit over green chiffon plissé; bolero of squares of black lace with outline of velvet ribbon.

The images are all from: http://www.vintagevictorian.com/costume_1900.html

About Guenevere Crum

Guenevere Crum is an artist and a great granddaughter of Edith and Paul Eisler. She has been actively sleuthing her Eisler - Vail Ross heritage since 1999.
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