Recreating an 1887 Dress From the FHM Collection

About a year ago I was contacted by Constanze Möller from the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts regarding a dress she had seen online that was attributed to the Fashion History Museum’s collection. It’s a wool dress with paisley pattern and velvet trim I acquired about thirty years ago from an American dealer in Boston. Constanze wanted to recreate the dress and asked if I could send her close-up photographs and some measurements.

This morning she sent me pictures (taken by Laura Döring Instagram:@cocoloconz) of the resulting dress. Her work is remarkable, especially as she never actually held the dress or could look at it closely. Fantastic job Constanze!

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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