I started a new series, THOSE NOTORIOUS AMERICANS, October 17 with a novel starring a family of brash, bold American beauties and eligible robber barons. The opera was an important venue for young ladies to be seen by eligible bachelors and so I had to go there and do my digging for those yummy little facts we all love in our romances!
In the late ninetieth century, every American heiress had to have a wardrobe fit for a princess or duchess or whatever ancient title she could grab. So she went to Paris. Her papa spent tens of thousands on a complete wardrobe for her from lingerie to tea gowns to evening gowns and many many chapeaus! He also hired French or English ladies, impoverished as they were, to educate their young misses in everything from how to curtsy to how to use a fish fork.
These impressionable young ladies went to cafes, the races and soirees galore.
|Detail, Grand Hall, Opera Garnier, Paris|
There were explicit rules about how to arrive, when and why and what a lady might and might not do at the opera. I've incorporated all my research for you...and added a bit of risqué elements to entertain you!
|Draperies at entrance to Grand Hall,|
This second in the series is not yet titled, but you can look for it early in January!
Enjoy the rest of my pictures! I adored this lavish theatre and I hope you will too!
|Interior of the theatre.|
|Grand Hall, Opera Garnier|
|Grand Circle, entrance to private boxes,|
Opera Garnier, Paris
|Grand staircase, Opera Garnier, Paris|
|Detail, Grand Staircase, Opera Garnier,|
|Red velvet chair, private box, Opera Garnier|