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Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By CelticCatPremium member
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 06:03 PM

Thought I'd share this cool photo I just saw on eBay...it's supposed to be from the 1890's. I like the frilly ruffle on the bottom of her skirt - a hint of future styles :)

12 Replies to Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's

re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By ID_capes29
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 06:55 PM
WOW!! this shows just how far irish dancing has come and changed since back then! ;)
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By PWover50
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 07:26 PM
She's wearing a rah rah skirt - I love it! Notice all her dancing medals pinned on her dress? I had heard that this was a common practice.

The whip thing is kinda cool :D
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By KnotworkMolltPremium member
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:03 PM
In the 1890's, I bet that skirt length was totally shocking!
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By CelticCatPremium member
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:34 PM
PWOver50, I was wondering about that whip thingie, too! Maybe she's a teacher and it's a "teaching aid." Not unusual for that era.

And KnotworkMollt, showing a kneecap like this must have been rather naughty, as I didn't think proper ladies of this era even showed their ankles. My teacher describes her ID feis costumes as being mid-calf even in the mid-40's to 50's in Scotland).

Her head-piece is kinda cool...
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's (karma: 1)
By Realtreble
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:48 PM
It sure would take less time to make that one spit curl in the middle of the forehead than the head full of ringlettes we had to make in the early 90s.
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By Hop_123member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 09:03 PM
It looks like she is probably wearing a corset underneath. How did she breath? I know the dance was not as athletic then, but still, it had to require some exertion and therefore oxygen!
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By PWover50
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 09:05 PM
And clearly, velvet is always in style!
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By CelticCatPremium member
On Fri Mar 05, 2010 09:24 PM
Gakkkk, velvet is bad enough without a corset underneath. We moan and groan about our stretch velvet dresses, but at least they do stretch.

I still want that hat, lol.
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By rosalinde
On Sun Mar 07, 2010 01:57 AM
I like her shoes -- I wonder if they are her dance shoes or just regular shoes. The leather look very soft though, a bit like ballet boots.

I wish I could have seen her dance! If someone just invented a time-machine, we could have a Champions of Champions through the ages! Wouldn't that be awesome?
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By FeisDress
On Sun Mar 07, 2010 07:17 AM
That white bit around her hips. I keep trying to figure out what that is. Could something she's tied around her hips to hike her skirt up? It doesn't look like an apron. Anybody have any ideas what we're seeing?
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By hummingbird
On Sun Mar 07, 2010 08:09 AM
I think it might be a bit earlier than 1890, that little hat and the swag she has around the waist might be 1880's

Image hotlink - 'http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r78/slashignore/sisters21885.jpg'

Look at the lady standing, she has a similar swag below her bodice, I think that's what it is. This picture has a date of 1885.
re: Vintage Irish Dance Photo - 1890's
By AsheDiochra
On Tue Mar 09, 2010 09:21 AM
Crap, how did I miss this one?! :( Sad. Did you buy it? Was it sold?

I'm with hummingbird; this doesn't look 1890s to me. It looks 1880s. The light-colored draped overskirt is definitely reminiscent of the bustle period.

And yes, she's wearing a corset—but I've worn one also all day, and as long as they're made custom for you, and you don't tight-lace (which most women DID NOT do), they're rather comfortable. And certainly help my posture!

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