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Fortuny Gowns at The Hammond Castle Museum
September 6 - September 27
Hammond Castle Museum has announced the identification of two original Mariano Fortuny gowns within the museum’s collection. Museum archivists believe the Fortuny gowns belonged to Irene Fenton Hammond, wife of John Hays Hammond Jr. of the Hammond Castle Museum. Both garments, dating between 1920 and 1930, are velvet tabard gowns in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature Fortuny’s famous pleating.
The gowns will be on display at Hammond Castle Museum for public viewing from September 6 to 27th. The exhibit will relay their cultural and historical significance to the story of Hammond Castle Museum. An opening reception on September 6th will celebrate the rare gowns and Head Archivist Alana Rooke will speak on the discovery and restoration efforts of the gowns. The event will run from 7 p.m to 9:30 pm.