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Dress

Design House:
Liberty & Co. (British, founded London, 1875)
Date:
1891
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. James G. Flockhart, 1968
Accession Number:
C.I.68.53.9
Not on view
The story behind this dress reads like a fairy tale. Andrew Carnegie bought it for his wife after she survived a bout of typhoid fever. It is a very special, luxurious example of Liberty & Co.'s trademark finesse with historical details combined with the sheer comfort of a tea gown. It was produced in the drama and fancy dress department, which would account for the voluminous fabric that must have made Mrs. Carnegie feel like a queen.
Marking: [label] Liberty & Co./Artistic and Historic Costume Co./222 Regent St. W
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