About 1900, Paris
Figured satin, decorated with imitation pearls, diamantes and spangles; net is modern replacement
Museum no. T.282&A-1974
Given by Lady Lloyd
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.
This dress was worn by Princess Alexandra of Denmark (the future Queen Alexandra), who was considered to dress with exemplary taste. It is an example of the highest standards of design and dressmaking, utilising the most luxurious materials. Though most women would not have been able to afford a dress from a couture house, many would emulate the Princess' style.
This dress is typical of very early 1900s eveningwear. The torso is moulded by a rigid whalebone corset into an hourglass shape with a straight, flat abdomen. The dress exposes the décolletage, shoulders and arms, and the long skirt is fitted around the hips and fluted towards the hem.