Monday, July 9, 2012
The Butcher Kissing Duchess of...Gordon?
Like a soccer mom on a mission, Jane wanted to help her wee one with his big project. She appeared at public events and offered to men willing to join the regiment a King's Shilling from between her teeth for enlisting. That way they got paid and got to say they kissed a duchess. Funnily, eight years prior, her rival, Georgiana was accused of both bribing and kissing butchers in exchange for votes for Charles James Fox. The Tories created the rumors in order to curtail Georgiana's success and force her to hide in shame and yet here was Jane obstinately doing exactly what her rival was only rumored to do. Ballsy! But Jane wasn't quite done with her parade yet.
At a London Ball in 1792 Jane barged in dressed head to foot in Black Watch tartan taffeta, which I can only imagine looking absolutely amazing. Well, it must have looked amazing, because Jane started a trend for tartan with her bold look. Soon it was reported that 'scarce a respectable female but wore a tartan waist to her gown at least, and there was hardly a waiter at any inn in London but appeared in his tartan waistcoat.' Hmm, perhaps that was an exaggeration, but as a life-long fan of plaid, I can't blame the fad! Not bad to be a trend-setter in your 40s!