Fortuny Gowns On Display At Hammond Castle Museum

Haute Couture Returns to Hammond Castle Museum with Display of

Mario Fortuny Gowns Throughout September

Gloucester, Massachusetts – Hammond Castle Museum is excited to announce the return of its very special “Fortuny At The Castle” exhibit.  Throughout the month of September guests visiting the Museum will have access to view the two vintage, Mario Fortuny gowns.  Dated between 1920 and 1930, the gowns are made in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature hundreds of silk pleats, Venetian glass beads, and hand printed velvet.

The saying ‘it was right under our noses’ is an understatement when it comes to the identification of these two antique gowns created by the famed Italian fashion designer, Mario Fortuny.  For decades the two delicate pieces of printed velvet sat folded on a display shelf behind plexiglass in the Museum.  It was the astute eye of a visitor in 2019 that led to the discovery that these garments that sat unobtrusively just out of view for so long, were in fact rare and important pieces of fashion history.

The gowns went on display for the first time in decades in September of 2019.  The gowns were a modern design for the time, that borrowed from not-so-modern historical styles.  Hammond himself was a modern inventor with a penchant for antiquities and castles, so it is not surprising that he and Irene were admirers of the designer.  We are excited to bring these gowns out again for visitors to enjoy!

Hammond Castle Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is not handicapped accessible.  The Museum is dedicated to preserving the building, grounds, and legacy of John Hays Hammond, Jr. It is open daily through the end of October and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. The Museum offers numerous educational and cultural events throughout the season and is available for private and corporate rentals.  It is located at 80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, Massachusetts.   For more information visit  or contact us at or 978-283-2080.

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