Godey's Lady's Book, April 1864
Last Dance with Mary Jane
Victorian fashion, known for its uptight, proper style, was the height of elegance for women. But in 1864 one Victorian designer took the fashion a bit higher...
'Godey's Lady's Book' fashion magazine's, was one of the leading publications in Victorian fashion. In the April 1864 edition, they took fashion to the higher class.
The star of the 1864 magazine was an assortment of women's dress's. The focus of the dress's culminate with a white evening gown decorated with an interesting choice... Cannabis leaf's!
Accented throughout the design, cannabis leaves are placed to accent every part of the evening dress. The chest, sleeves and skirt all share in the leaf's motif.
The description given for the dress doesn't mention the designers higher intentions but leaves the leaf design to speak for itself.
Godey's Lady's Book, April 1864 dress descriptions
There is little doubt, Mary Jane was the Bell of the Ball in 1864!
Godey's Lady's Book, April 1864 mary jane dress close up