Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Tiniest Waist Ever

When I was overseas last month, I actually made it to the National Museum 35 minutes before closing.


It was just enough time to see the "Royal Journeys" exhibit, which was a gift from the government to the King and Queen for their 75th birthdays.  The display included the royal carriage, photographs, medals, lots of kingly uniforms, and of course, the part I cared most about, gowns.

The Scandinavian style tends to be austere and not heavily ornamented, but the gown below belonged to Queen Maud, who was a British princess before she married.  This is her coronation gown from 1906.





Judging from the size of the manniquin, she was tiny, shorter than me, with a waist about two inches wide.  The king was a tall dude though - his uniform towered over the room.


There was also an exhibit of suitcases- all the stuff the Queen brought with her when she came to the country a hundred years ago! That was just as much fun to see.


2 comments:

Bob said...

Can't breath in those corsets, no wonder fainting was in fashion.

Mayberry said...

Wow. Holy corset is right! Love the suitcases too--would be fun to think about what each one held!