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This elegant evening dress was designed by the famous Paris fashion house Maison Laferrière, located at 28 rue Taitbout in Paris. Maison Laferrière was frequented by aristocrats and others of great wealth, who admired its exquisite designs and fine workmanship. Madame Laferrière's creations were among those shown by the Collectivité de la Couture at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 held in Paris.

This dress was worn by Princess Alexandra of Denmark (the future Queen Alexandra), who was considered to dress with exemplary taste. It was given to the Museum by Lady Lloyd and forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection. This Collection was brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The Collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.

Details

  • Title: Evening dress
  • Creator: Laferrière, Madeleine
  • Date Created: 1895/1904
  • Location: Paris
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 1070 mm, Circumference: 600 mm
  • Provenance: Given by Lady Lloyd
  • Medium: Figured satin, decorated with imitation pearls, diamantes and spangles, mounted on boned silk foundation, padded, cotton gauze and lace

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