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VF116-08 Irna Iridescent - Embroidered Floral Taffeta

VF116-08 Irna Iridescent - Embroidered Floral Taffeta

Peacock Dress, by Worth, c. 1900-c.1903, at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England. Worn by Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston and Vicereine of India, at the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating the coronation of Edward VII. The dress featured embroidered peacock feathers, each of which had an iridescent green beetle wing in the center.

Peacock Dress, by Worth, c. 1900-c.1903, at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England. Worn by Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston and Vicereine of India, at the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating the coronation of Edward VII. The dress featured embroidered peacock feathers, each of which had an iridescent green beetle wing in the center.

Peacock Dress, by Worth, c. 1900-c.1903, at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England. Worn by Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston and Vicereine of India, at  the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating the coronation of Edward VII. The dress featured embroidered peacock feathers, each of which had an iridescent green beetle wing in the center.

Peacock Dress, by Worth, c. 1900-c.1903, at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England. Worn by Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston and Vicereine of India, at the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating the coronation of Edward VII. The dress featured embroidered peacock feathers, each of which had an iridescent green beetle wing in the center.

Beetle fabric, c. 1880. The blues and greens are real beetle wings, used to achieve an appearance similar to snake scales.

Beetle fabric, c. 1880. The blues and greens are real beetle wings, used to achieve an appearance similar to snake scales.

Detail of Mary Curzon's famous "peacock feather" gown, embroidered in India with green scarabs at the center of each peacock feather's "eye." The gown was designed by Worth for the 1903 Delhi Durbar.

Detail of Mary Curzon's famous "peacock feather" gown, embroidered in India with green scarabs at the center of each peacock feather's "eye." The gown was designed by Worth for the 1903 Delhi Durbar.

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