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

Victoria and Albert Museum. "Liberty Centenary, 1875–1975," June 1, 1975–October 1, 1975.

Frick Collection. "Whistler, Women and Fashion at the Frick Collection," April 22, 2003–July 13, 2003.

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