It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a Costume Collection Spotlight!
Boots (no label)
Gift of Mrs. Fred R. Huber
Clothing and accessories in the 1890s were often comprised of materials which resembled furnishing textiles; specifically, rich dark colors and sumptuous materials, including velvet, silk brocade, and gilding. These ornate, high-button style boots feature a black, kidskin vamp and baby French heel. The vamp is adorned with a cut-out pattern of rhododendron leaves underlaid with gold leaf. The shaft is comprised of dark red, silk satin brocade and features a scallop-edge closure with brass buttons. During this time period, a change of lacing style from front to side came into vogue. This, along with the use of button closures instead of laces, accentuated the delicate contours of the female foot and ankle.
Mrs. Alexander Fiddes Rattray Greig, née Hannah M. Rattray, wore these extraordinary boots to a reception hosted by Mrs. Potter Palmer, in honor of the newly completed Potter Palmer mansion at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive, in 1883. Mrs. Rattray Greig was the daughter of David Rattray and Euretta Stuart, who came to Illinois from New York in a covered wagon around 1837. Her husband, A.F. Rattray Greig, was a CPA who held several prominent positions at Chicago companies as an auditor and accountant #chm #costumecouncil #chicagocostumecouncil #chicagofashion