Ardern Holt describes in the book “Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls” many different types of fancy dresses and suggestions for what to wear at fancy balls. In the book there is also an Armenian lady dress described as follows:
Armenian [woman] wears a soft silk Princess robe opening down the front over a white chemisette, a silk of many colors round the waist, short open jacket bordered with ball trimming, sleeves pendent from elbow, matching the skirt. Striped head-dress, rows of beads and jewelled necklace. In the country they wear shoes with toes turning upwards, full silk trousers, a white muslin under-dress, open at the neck; a silk scarf round the waist; velvet embroidered coat, opening wide in front, occasionally showing a gold embroidered waistcoat; the round cap of velvet, which may be supplemented by a beaded fringe over the forehead; hair in plaits, and a yachmush out of doors. Handsome silver clasps are sometimes added to the belt. Long gauze veil and plenty of ornaments admissible.
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