I love research and I love imagining wearing clothing like this while living back in time. That’s half the fun of writing historicals like The Debutante Queen 😉 Isn’t that why we read them too?
Some of the photos I found that inspired the costuming ideas for Calista in Snowflake Tiara: The Debutante Queen.
Researching online, museums, in Helena (MT), and in the Montana Room of the Missoula Public Library brought me such beautiful ideas. Calista is physically modeled after the 2nd photo with the Victorian gal seated in the pink evening gown. She popped off the page to me and said, “I’m Calista. I’m your heroine.” 😉
And here’s the walking suit idea I used for Calista when she met Albert in downtown Helena 🙂