Mary’s Marvellous Dress

Delighted to learn (thanks to one of our readers!) that Leeds City Museum recently bought a stunning collection of clothes which belonged to Mary Holden Illingworth, the daughter of Isaac Holden.   There are many letters from Mary amongst our Holden Papers – I haven’t yet traced anything about her interest in fashion, but hoping to come across some reference to these gorgeous things.   The star exhibit is a beautiful dress made by Charles Frederick Worth of Paris for Mary in 1881: I gather that it will be on show at Lotherton Hall from 2 March 2012 as part of an exhibition on Victorian style and design, The Victorian Look Book.

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