II-123133 | Miss Maud Terroux as the "Baronne de Beaumouchel," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898

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Miss Maud Terroux as the "Baronne de Beaumouchel," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898
Wm. Notman & Son
1898, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Maud Terroux made her début at the Historical Fancy Dress Ball. She was one of a handful of individuals who did not have a costume created for the ball, but instead wore an actual heirloom garment. She portrayed the "Baronne de Beaumouchel," her ancestor, in a dress dating from the 1780s now in the McCord Museum's costume and textiles collection. Those who were fortunate enough to own such garments needed no outlay on a fancy dress costume and were able to draw attention to their family's ancestry.

Maud Terroux's mother, Mary Flora Rolland, had also worn the dress for her début in 1872. Both women made adaptations to the original style of the dress. For instance, the apron was originally designed to be worn over the skirt, but both wore it underneath. They also added fabric flowers and a great deal of lace trim.

  • What

    Miss Terroux wore a real 18th-century dress, a family heirloom, to make her début at the ball.

  • Where

    The garment is now in the collection of the McCord Museum of Canadian History.

  • When

    The dress was worn in at least three different periods prior to entering the McCord: the 1780s in its first life; the 1870s and again in 1898 as fancy dress.

  • Who

    The garment was passed down through female members of the family, who could trace it back to Miss Terroux's great-grandmother. The McCord obtained it from Miss Terroux's sister.