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Reproduction of Queen Liliuokalani gown to go on display

(Image: Friends of Iolani Palace) (Image: Friends of Iolani Palace)
(Image: Friends of Iolani Palace) (Image: Friends of Iolani Palace)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A replica of an ostrich feather lilac gown worn by Queen Liliuokalani is on display this month at Bloomingdale's.

After the exhibit wraps up, the gown will go to Iolani Palace.

The gown was described as "fashion forward," and is believed to be the last gown commissioned by Queen Liliuokalani as sovereign of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The original dress no longer exists, though a piece of the gown is in Bishop Museum's collections.

“Having these royal gowns reproduced is one exciting way of bringing a more personal element to the palace experience,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, executive director of the Friends of Iolani Palace. “The new ostrich feather gown is a great example of how the alii embraced western and Hawaiian elements in fashion.”

The next gowns to be reproduced will be Queen Liliuokalani’s ribbon gown and Queen Kapiolani’s peacock dress. Both gowns were worn in 1887 to Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebration in London. Hawaii Island-based historic dress designer Iris Viacrusis has been commissioned to reproduce the pieces of the collection.

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