we like shiny things…

6 Apr

They call these herringbone, but I call them herringboner:

And also these babies:

And just to gild the lily, a little palette platter for serving the Mister’s clients:

We know, we know. There’s building a trousseau and then there’s hoarding.

Get a load of this, from “Miss Vanderbilt’s Trousseau,” Harper’s Bazar, December 15, 1877

“The society woman must have one or two velvet dresses which cannot cost less than $500 each. She must possess thousands of dollars worth of laces, in the shape of flounces, to loop up over the skirts of dresses… Walking dresses cost from $50 to $300; ball dresses are frequently imported from Paris at a cost of from $500 to $1,000… There must be traveling dresses in black silk, in pongee, in pique, that range in price from $75 to $175… Evening robes in Swiss muslin, robes in linen for the garden and croquet, dresses for horse races and yacht races, dresses for breakfast and for dinner, dresses for receptions and parties…”

Well, duh.

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