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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #345 on: March 19, 2013, 09:52:43 AM »
I hope this has not been posted before, but the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum (FIDM) in New York has an interesting dolman jacket of the 1870s which belonged to Queen Alexandra:



It is made of cashmere, silk braid and metallic thread.


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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #346 on: March 19, 2013, 09:53:54 AM »
Sorry I meant to add to that post that this is one of a number of Alexandra related items that FIDM have acquired including some tailor made jackets, an early blouse and a couple of dresses.  Very exciting!

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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #347 on: March 19, 2013, 11:00:37 AM »
I think you must also include those dresses that Alexandra made in England to march those of her sister Dagmar in Russia, who had a big account with Worth. Those may not be made by the Couture house itself, but the style certainly was.

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« Reply #348 on: March 19, 2013, 11:11:51 AM »
Yes there are some quotes that suggest Worth had a hand in the 'like-dressing' that the sisters indulged in during the Russian state visit in 1873 but other than that it was not a relationship that flourished!  None of her surviving garments are by Worth compared to Dagmar's and nothing in the wardrobe accounts bar one small order.  My theory is that Alexandra preferred some of the more unusual and lesser known couture houses which is why Morin Blossier were her favourite dressmaker from the 1880s.  She quite liked to be a little different I think.

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« Reply #349 on: March 19, 2013, 11:20:05 AM »
Indeed. I wonder where the dresses went after she died. I think the RF kept the important ones but the others ?

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« Reply #350 on: March 19, 2013, 11:22:17 AM »
Also wonder where the "matching dresses" went. I think she continue to wear matching dresses with Dagmar and even Queen Olga of Greece until very later in her life.

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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #351 on: March 19, 2013, 11:39:45 AM »
Her dressers and other members of her household were given some of them which is where most of them crop up in museums via family bequests.  A list of the garments to have survived was written by her dresser Mrs Giltrap which is now in the Royal Archive and details everything that was in the wardrobe in Sandringham and Marlborough House.  Some things were auctioned in the US in the 1930s but as to the rest............

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« Reply #352 on: March 19, 2013, 11:54:11 AM »
I think Maud might have taken some back to Norway or to Appleton House. Her own clothes collection was quite impressive too and the only child of Alexandra that shared her mother's taste in fashion and clothes.

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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #353 on: March 19, 2013, 11:58:30 AM »
There are only three garments in Oslo - a fur jacket and a Morin Blossier dress and cloak so not a tremendous amount there.  It certainly is intriguing since over the decades her wardrobe was large even as it evolved and things were sold or given away.  Exhibition plans are underway so hopefully as many of her clothes as possible will be shown together.

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« Reply #354 on: March 19, 2013, 12:18:15 PM »
Looking forward to those. I read Alexandra also gave away lots of things in her old age...

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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #355 on: March 19, 2013, 06:26:54 PM »
I think Maud might have taken some back to Norway or to Appleton House. Her own clothes collection was quite impressive too and the only child of Alexandra that shared her mother's taste in fashion and clothes.

All Alexandra's children were pretty sharp dressers, not just Maud. 

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« Reply #356 on: March 19, 2013, 07:48:17 PM »
Really ? Don't think Toria or Louise in later age was a sharp dresser...

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Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« Reply #357 on: March 19, 2013, 09:27:16 PM »
[quote ]Exhibition plans are underway so hopefully as many of her clothes as possible will be shown together.  [/quote]

Kate, you mentioned something of this a long time ago, and I have been longing to hear more!  Is the exhibition planned for a UK venue? 


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« Reply #358 on: March 19, 2013, 10:02:01 PM »
Love to hear more of a UK exhibition.

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« Reply #359 on: March 19, 2013, 10:32:21 PM »
Really ? Don't think Toria or Louise in later age was a sharp dresser...

Well, at least interested in personal presentation and smartness, if not actual fashion trends.