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March 13, 2012


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Pat Brown

Guess about the black dress - Queen Victoria? She was bereft at the loss of Albert after about 21 years of marriage & 9 children. If it was Q. Victoria, how did FIDM get the dress?

FIDM Museum


This dress belonged to Queen Victoria and was worn in 1897, the year of her Diamond Jubilee (the celebration of her 60 years as reigning monarch). She was EXTREMELY bereft after her husband Albert died, and wore black the rest of her life.

This dress is part of the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, which the FIDM Museum is in the process of acquiring. Helen Larson was a California-based collector of historic dress and she had a specific interest in garments with a royal provenance. As we work towards the acquisition of the collection, we are displaying selected garments from the Larson collection on short rotations at the FIDM Museum. This dress is currently on display.

There are a few other garments from Queen Victoria's wardrobe in the United States, including this dress at the Met: http://bit.ly/yvwEME.

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