“Eleonora” gown, Mariano Fortuny

Worn by Ellen Terry, English theatre actress

  • Mariano Fortuny 

  • Circular label in antiqued gold-tone silk ottoman printed in black (at the neckline): "MARIANO / FORTUNY / VENISE"
  • Circa 1910
  • Bronze-antiqued gold silk velvet printed with gold; pleated brown silk fabric; black silk braiding, black, white and yellow beads; lined in antiqued gold silk fabric
  • GAL2017.17.14
  • Acquisition Vogue Paris Foundation 2016
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

A study of the Fortuny house's sales books, kept mainly in the archives of the Museo Fortuny / Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, reveals that the famous "Eleonora" dress - as Mariano Fortuny himself called it - has been sold in multiple copies to personalities all over the world. 
This one belonged to Alice Ellen Terry, known as Ellen Terry (1847-1928), a famous English actress in Shakespearean theatre.