Archive for April, 2015
“The culture of the a debutante first originated in Britain during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, in the second half of the 16th century, when she began the custom of formally presenting eligible young women at court. Three centuries later, Queen Victoria created the ritual we think of today, with girls dressed in white and the official bow called a “curtsey.” It soon spread to America.”
1870 cartoon satirizing the coming of the London Season
The central function of the social season was its role in making marriages.
Tete-a-tete furniture, popular during the Victorian era, allowed for couples to sit closely, face to face, yet retain a proper barrier between them. This elaborate Rococo Revival example is ca. 1850. Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection.
Indeed, since the first night I saw you, the perfection and the constellation of charms that shine in your person have filled my heart and brain so full that I can do nothing but think of you all day and dream of you all night. I cannot imagine any happiness for myself in the future which is not identified with you.
There were no debutante balls for the Victorian child laborer. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was created in 1824 – Which was 67 years before the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which was created in 1891. Textile mills were notorious for child labor, as were glass factories.
“The status of women in the Victorian era is often seen as an illustration of the striking discrepancy between the United Kingdom’s national power and wealth and what many, then and now, consider its appalling social conditions. During the era symbolized by the reign of British monarch Queen Victoria, women did not have suffrage rights, the right to sue, or the right to own property. At the same time, women participated in the paid workforce in increasing numbers following the Industrial Revolution. Feminist ideas spread among the educated female middle classes, discriminatory laws were repealed, and the women’s suffrage movement gained momentum in the last years of the Victorian Era.” Wikipedia