Herbert Luey (American, Northfield, Massachusetts 1860–1916 Brooklyn)
Length at CB: 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Amelia Beard Hollenback, 1966
Not on view
This dress was most likely worn by Amelia Beard Hollenback (1877-1969), daughter of the prominent financier and philanthropist John Welles Hollenback (1835-1927). In 1874, the Hollenback family settled in the affluent neighborhood of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, and became devoted clients of Herbert Luey, a Brooklyn-based dressmaker. This dress conveys a sense of spontaneity through the combination of materials and layered effect and exemplifies Luey's draping talent.