A “sharply observed” (New Yorker) feminist history of the debutante ritual and its lasting impact.
From Georgian England and Wharton’s New York to the contemporary International Debutante Ball, the presentation of young women into society has persisted. In this enthralling exploration of the debutante ritual, Kristen Richardson uncovers its extensive cultural influence in Britain and the United States, how daughters in these countries have come to marry, and the ritual’s spread around the world—reaching France, Russia, and China. The Season gives voice to an array of complex feelings about being put on display, and about what these women’s futures in society might be.
About the Author
Kristen Richardson was born in London, England, and lives with her son in Brooklyn, New York.