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Eugene-Louis Lami (1800-90)

Queen Victoria's Costume for the Stuart Ball 1851

Silk, lace, gold braid, silver fringing, seed pearls | RCIN 74860

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The most glamorous of all Queen Victoria’s surviving clothes, this costume was inspired by the court of Charles II. The rich brocade of the underskirt was woven in Benares. The lace of the berthe is a copy of seventeenth-century Venetian raised-point needle lace, probably made in Ireland and perhaps acquired at the Great Exhibition.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010