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Dinner or Evening Dress

Lewis and Allenbyearly 1880s

The Frick Pittsburgh

The Frick Pittsburgh

This elegant two-piece evening ensemble, dating to the 1880s, belonged to Adelaide Frick. The plush dark velvet is trimmed with cream-colored silk that is heavily beaded in a floral motif. The gown bears a tag from Lewis and Allenby, a prominent mercer (textile dealer) and dressmaker founded in the 1820s in London, England. Lewis and Allenby earned a reputation for high quality as they designed clothing for the British Royal Family and also supplied them with silks and other fine textiles.

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  • Title: Dinner or Evening Dress
  • Creator: Lewis and Allenby
  • Date: early 1880s
  • Location Created: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Type: Costume
  • Medium: Silk velvet plush, silk, mother of pearl embellishment

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