Acquired from Genny Waller.
This evening dress belonged to the Hon. Margaret Georgina Curzon, the sister of George Curzon, Viceroy of India. It was acquired from her granddaughter along with her wedding dress (see Related Items) and is likely to have formed part of her trousseau; the ‘Louis’ bow motifs, very fashionable at the time, echoed those of the wedding dress, and the beaded wheat design symbolised the desired fecundity of marriage. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, owns a satin ball gown similarly beaded with wheat, designed by Worth in 1900 (see Link: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/155944)