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Published on May 16, 2011
Getting dressed to go out is no simple feat when this is your costume of choice: the "Infanta Margarita after Velázquez" gown—literally, a dress replicated from a 1665 painting by Diego Velázquez. It's the latest costume on view in Gilded New York. Though it didn't materialize quite as quickly as these museum staffers dressing a mannequin make it appear (the time lapse was created over the span of 8 hours), the dress did come together in very short order. Atelier Jean-Philippe Worth manufactured and shipped it from Paris to New York within 24 hours of its commission. The lucky wearer was Kate Brice, daughter of Senator Calvin S. Brice, who'd received a last minute invitation to the Bradley-Martin Ball in February 1897.