In London 1854. George Campbell and John Challis lured men into a fancy ball dressed to the nines as women. They were arrested on the intent to commit an unnatural offence. One of the men was claimed to be a preacher and on mission of research, the other claimed poor health. The charges were dropped.

During the age of petticoats and layers of crinolines, this was not the only case of such drag balls. High society men and even royalty were known to dress up as woman and woman dressed as men for a night of fun and mischief.