Friday, May 20, 2011

Wedding gown made in Paris

May 20, 1905

According to the latest dispatch from the Marquise de Fontenoy, "patriotism takes strange and somewhat extravagant forms, and it is impossible to refrain from smiling at the outcry raised in German press" due to the Russian-born Grand Duchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin's decision to purchase her daughter Cecilie's trousseau from Paris couturiers.   Even the wedding gown is a "Parisian creation."

Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin is to marry Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia in June.    Her mother, "though exceedingly worldly and frivolous, is,  above everything else, chic and the quintessence of feminine elegance."  She has determined that her youngest daughter "should enjoy all the advantages that could be derived from exquisitely fitting and artistically fashioned frocks," and she has turned a "deaf ear" to the criticism that Cecilie's trousseau should be made in Germany.

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