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Masquerade Balls in the Eighteenth Century

By Geri Walton | October 16, 2013

Masquerade balls began in the fifteenth century and were similar to a carnival atmosphere with dancing, drinking, and gambling. By the seventeenth century they were introduced to London. The first of these promiscuous and fashionable assemblages was organized by “Count” John James Heidegger and held at London’s Haymarket. Anyone who could afford a ticket could…

Dandy Defined: Who They Were and What They Wore

By Geri Walton | October 15, 2013

“Dandy” was first used between the 1770s and 1780s, but the idea of a dandy began long before with the Greeks, who referred to him in the following fashion: