Opening Reception to Celebrate Fortuny At The Castle
Join us to be one of the first to view two vintage couture, Mariano Fortuny gowns and to celebrate their formal addition to the Hammond Castle Museum collection. Head archivist Alana Rooke will speak about the discovery and identification of these rare gowns, necessary restoration and preservation efforts and their connection Irene Hammond.
It’s not every day one discovers vintage couture tucked away in a closet. Recently, a visitor on a tour noticed some iconic fabric and raised the point that she believed them to be Mariano Fortuny gowns. She was right!
The two gowns, neatly folded on a shelf in Irene’s closet for decades, date between 1920 and 1930, are velvet tabard gowns in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature Fortuny's famous pleating.
Nowhere else in the country are Fortuny gowns on display.