Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fairy tale fabulous!

In 1774 this breathtaking silver court gown glided down the aisle at the wedding of Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp (mouthfull) and Prince Karl, the brother of King Gustav III of Sweden. Below is Charlotte, actually wearing the dress:

You can see, that unfortunately, the lacy sleeves and neckline trim have been lost to time, but the dress is in exceptional condition. It showed recently at Versailles, at an exhibition called Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies: Court Dress in Europe. The dress, however, lives at the Livrustkammaren, or "Royal Armory", the Swedish royal and military history museum in Stockholm.

And somewhere, Cinderella is stomping her little glass slippered foot, because her dress was no where near this amazing.