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
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.