Montreal Daily Star, 23 April 1895, page 1

 The Drawing-Room

The dresses worn by some of the ladies described

[special to the Star]

Ottawa, April 23- At the drawing-room held in the Senate’s Chamber on Saturday night Lord Aberdeen wore his handsome Windsor uniform.  Lady Aberdeen wore a beautiful court dress and was attended by her two little pages, Hon. Archie and Mr Cosmer Gordon.  The chamber never looked more beautiful.  The brilliant uniforms of the officers, the lovely gowns of the women, and the picturesque group about the throne for rich colouring and fine effect could not fail to please the most critical.

All the ladies attending the drawing room wore court veils and feathers.  There were some- as there always are- who managed to get the feathers on in a most absurd fashion, but as a rule they were most becoming and greatly enhanced the pretty gowns worn.  Court trains were not necessary.


Her Excellency the Countess of Aberdeen wore a beautiful gown of white corded silk heavily embroidered in gold.  The front of the skit was one mass of gold in an exquisite design.  The bodice was also worked with gold.  The sleeves were of white silk with revers of gold embroidery.  The train was a court train several yards in length.  Wide bands of embroidery came down both sides from the waist and across the end of the train.  Her Excellency wore court feathers and a veil, and a beautiful tiara of precious stones, as well as a magnificent necklet of emeralds and diamonds.  Her train was carried by two small curly headed pages dressed in fairy-prince-like suits of white satin, embroidered in gold.  They wore white silk stockings and white shoes with golden buckles and tiny swords hung at their sides.

Lady Tweedsouth, who stood nearest the throne during the presentations, wore a handsome gown of black satin, trimmed with jet.  She wore a diamond coronet, black court feathers and veil.  Her bouquet was crimson roses, tied with broad crimson satin ribbons. 

Hon. Mrs. Herner’s gown was white silk with a small golden flower embroidered over it.  The skirt was trimmed with some fine lace in the front, but the train was long and plain.  The bodice was white, with sleeves to match the skirt, the sleeves were moderately large and draped so as to show the upper part of the arms.  She wore a diamond tiara, white court feathers and veil, also beautiful diamond ornaments on the front of the corsage.

Mrs. Gordon of Ellen, wore electric blue satin, the bodice trimmed with fine white lace, court feathers and veil.

Mrs. Hewett, salmon-colored brocade, court feathers and veil.

Miss Wilson’s gown was pink satin trimmed with white lace court feathers and veil, while Miss Wetterman wore rose pink silk with white lace also feathers and veil.  Miss Myrtle Brown wore a pretty yellow striped with satin, the bodice was trimmed with light blue chiffon, she wore white feathers and veil.  These ladies all carried exquisite bouquets of roses and lilies of the valley, the gift of His Excellency.

Mrs. Foster wore gray brocade, the sleeves were slashed with gray velvet and a band of the same edged the skirt.  She carried a bouquet of pink roses.

Lady Tupper was in white silk and brocade, trimmed with pearl paasementerie.  She wore the veil and feathers, and carried beautiful pink roses.

Lady Caron was in mauve brocade, trimmed with violet velvet and white lace.

Miss Caron’s gown was yellow silk, very prettily made and trimmed with fine lace and bunches of pink clover.  Her bouquet was yellow roses.

Mrs. Peter White wore gray brocade with pink satin sleeves, the bodice being trimmed with pink satin and chiffon.  Mrs. Ives wore a beautiful brocaded gown, a white ground lined with sprays of coloured flowers.  The bodice was trimmed with yellow chiffon.

Madame Laurier’s gown was very handsome cream satin brocaded with green.  Folds of green velvet were gathered across the top of the bodice.  Her bouquet was pink roses.  Mrs. RW Scott wore black satin trimmed with beautiful black lace, white feathers and veil.