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LADIES' COLUMN. DRESS AND FASHION. Says the Queen: There are manv dances taking place just now in London, several being what are called 11 Cinderellas," commencing at nine o'clock and ending at twelve. At these entertainments many young girls not yet out are allowed to appear, and even children attend during the early piart of the evening, and take part in a few of the dances. The Christmas holidays are not yet over, and many parties are arranged to include elder children. At some of these the minuet has been danced by children, and watch,-d with interest by the surrounding assembly of elders, who intend later on in the year, if possible, to introduce this elegant dance of a bygone decade. Dress varies greatlyr at these enter- tainments, some of the guests appearing in full ball toilette, others in simple evening gowns with almost high bodices—certainly the high bodices are made 1 to louk as dres.-y as possible and many voung girls wear skirts of either fine nun's cloth or figured Madras muslin, with coat bodices of velvet, and cream lace waistcoats, either high to the throat, or cut square and filled up with transparent lace. The sleeves reach to the elbows, and are finished off with ruffles of cream lace. Pointed bodices are also worn. The Indian cream muslin studded with small spots makes up prettily with cream lace and broad sashes of cither velvet or tartan Surah. Skirts of lace flounces or box- plaited grenadine have short tunics of foulard drawn tightly across the front in fiat fo'ds, finished off far back on the hips with long perpendicular folds from the waist, and falling down the back almost to the edge of the skirts. These folds must be pressed fiat, and secured on the wron side by a tape. The bodice is usually pointed back anil front, or made with short habit tails. Silk Chamb'ry gau'c,iii all colours, with small silk dowers scattered over, is well worn over silk, trimmed with lace, and loops of ribbon in corresponding colours; also a thin fabric,, resembling nun s cloth, called English tissue," worked over in detached flowers of or silver; and (it-licite gauze, with narrow stamped silk stripes edged with silver, in several colours. Silver or gold tinsel lace looks well on these materials. Tulle, with clusters of three small chenille pompons, the .ize of threepenny pieces, in pale- pink, blue, and yellow, has a pretty effect when arranged as drapery, veiling \1 hite tulle. Feather aigrettes, of one or more of the colours, are worn on one bid* of the bodice- and in the hair. Pale pink, coral pink, red, or gold are worn with black dresses. Black tulle ball dresses are often studded either with pearls, beetles' wings, coloured butterilies, or gold tinsel wafers. A pretty dress con- sists of a black net skirt, the front arranged in two box- plaits, with a ring of pearls on each plait, a tunic pow- dered with single pearls, and satin bodice edged with pearl passementerie; single pearls round the basque, neck, and sleeves. Lovely garnitures of shaded poppies for bodice, front, and side of dresses have long ends of narrow shaded red satin ribbon tied to the stalks, which ends hang downwards. Otlier flowers arc arranged in the same way. A novel style of trimming is composed of bows and loops of satin ribbon, with silk pompons of the exact shade attached to the loops and enda. They are not too closely massed, but arranged with taste, and pro- duce a remarkably good effect. Bed, the new pink, orange, and brown look well. This trimming can extend- the whole f-tont of a dress skirt. An American paper gives the following dfscription ot the dresses worn ,y Madame Patti as Viola in La Traviata." In the first scene, which is a ball-room, her dress is of lemon-tinted satin brocade, the entire front of the skirt covered with two deep flounces of silver tissue embroidered with white pearl and crystal, and edged with a fringe of coral branching strands. Large red camellias are placc I at intervals with buds and leaves, embroidered with silk on the tissue. Short hip draperies of brocade are placed high on each side. The back of the skii t is plaited brocade falling in a long train, the edge continued in puffings over a plaiting of satin the same shade as the brocade this extends also round the front edge of the skirt and is filled with roses of all sorts. A drapery of satin extends from the belt to the edge on one side, and a large spray of mixed red rose.9 tapers downwards on the opposite side. The bodiee is a low pointed one of brocade, with a shoulder puff for sleeves, and a small red (lower embroidered on the ]--ice which matches that with which the skirt is trimmed. The dress for the second scene is a house robe of pale grey blue satin, the centre of the front breadth laid in fine plaits lined with terra-cotton satin, and confined with bows of satin ribbon. On each side of this is a fiat trimming of coloured beaded lace which extends round the edge of the front; a fine plaiting is placed round the edge of the skirt in front. The sides are quite plain and are trimmed to represent a panel turned back, they are just relieved with bow rosettes of terra-cotta ribbon. The train is edged with a full plaiting. The bodice is heart- shaped with two lointg, and the elbow sleeves are edged with deep blue lace. In the third scene, the grand ball dress is of white brocaded velvet on a satin ground which is draped high on one side falling in a deep point across the front, and is edged with Mechlin lace. In the open space between the point and train on the left side is a beautiful piece of velvet brocaded satin, the pattern being filled in with white pearl beads and droos with a fringe of pearls over the full ruche -it the edge, On the right side lace flounces fill the open space. The train is iii a long point edged with a lace llonnce and a plaiting of .-atin. The bodice is cut low with short sleeves of lace and a bunch of white satin bows at the back. The costume for the dying scene is a lovely dress, it is entirely of a white semi-transparent Chinese fabric resembling errpe and point dudheSS.e lace. The train is long, without draping, and is cut straight across the end, and finished with a six-inch hem on the cr, pe which forms each side, the centre being a scarf of point duchesse Jace about twenty inches wide. The sides are gracefully draped, and from the belt, the front and sides of the cr-pc and lace are fastened in a point at the edge of the front under a large rosette bow. This part of the skirt is made over white satin. The overdress is a long polonaise of point duchesse lace, very simply draped and fastened to the back and neck with white satin ribbon tied in front with long ends. All these dresses are creations of Worth's, and are some of the most beautiful ever composed by that great designer of feminine apparel.