What is the Peacock Dress?

What is the Peacock Dress?

In 1902, every society woman aspired to have her dresses made by Worth, the premier haute couture name of the day. Worth’s 1902 Peacock Dress is a stunningly beautiful feat of intricate goldwork embroidery, and perhaps the most dazzling star in their repertoire. It is...
Who wore the Peacock dress?

Who wore the Peacock dress?

The Peacock dress was commissioned and worn by the American-born Vicereine of India, Lady Mary Curzon, the highest ranking foreigner ever to serve the British Empire. Born in Chicago in 1870, Mary was the daughter of Levi Leiter, partner in the Marshall Field retail...
Why was the Peacock dress made?

Why was the Peacock dress made?

The coronation celebrations held in Britain in 1902-3 for the new King Edward VII were reflected in India, then an outpost of the British Empire. Photographer James Ricalton says in The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India (1907): “There was...
How was the Peacock Dress made?

How was the Peacock Dress made?

We know plenty about Lady Curzon and the Delhi Durbar and we can still admire the original dress, but how was this extraordinary garment made? Examination of the original Peacock Dress and similar unfinished works reveals that rectangular pieces of the base material...