On May 3, 2001,a c.1888 velvet, cut velvet and satin court train and gown
designed by couturier Charles Frederick Worth
sold at Doyle New York for $101,500 (including buyer's premium)
setting a new world record for an antique dress sold at auction
Worth Gown Doyle New York Auction
Charles Frederick Worth c.1888 Velvet and Satin Court Train and Gown (photo via Doyle New York)
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the house of The Attic
 
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with my son on Nantucket

my grandmother
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my grandmother and grandfather
The Museum of the City of New York
"The House of Worth" Catalog
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my grandmother
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Vintage Textiles by Elizabeth Kurella, 1999

the fax to Jan Reeder at Doyle New York, 30 Jan 2001

Doyle New York
175 E. 87th St.
_________________

Martha Washington is my 7th great-grandmother
George Washington is simultaneously
my 8th step great-grandfather
and
my 7th great uncle
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Martha and George Washington
 George and Martha adopted Martha's grandchildren
Eleanor (Nellie) and George Custis
(this is where the step great-grandfather comes in)
Nellie married
George's nephew Lawrence Lewis
(this is where the great uncle comes in)
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Lawrence Lewis and Eleanor (Nellie) Custis
Their son Lorenzo married Esther Maria Coxe

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Lorenzo Lewis and Esther Maria Coxe

Lorenzo Lewis
Their son Edward married Mary Picton Stevens (Garnett)
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Col. Edward Parke Custis Lewis and Mary Picton Stevens Garnett
(Col. Custis was the ambassador to Portugal)


Mary Picton Stevens Garnett Lewis
Their daughter was the one who wore the gown and married Charles Merrill Chapin
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Charles Merrill Chapin and Esther Maria Lewis
(Esther Maria Lewis wore the Worth gown-she was my great-great-grandmother)
Their daughter Mary Stevens married Shepard Krech
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Shepard Krech and Mary Stevens Chapin

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Their daughter was my grandmother, Mary Esther Krech who married William Jackson
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William Brinkerhoff Jackson and Mary Esther Krech
Their daughter is my mother, Mary Stevens Jackson (Lylee Krech)
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Mary Stevens Jackson (Lylee Krech) and Eleftherios Pericles Seggos
My mother pregnant with me, and my father
Monica Alexandra Seggos (me)
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My great-great grandmother Esther Maria Lewis Chapin
My great-grandmother Mary Stevens Chapin Krech holding my mom
My grandmother Mary Esther Krech Jackson
Mary Stevens Krech
Mary Esther Krech Jackson
Mary Stevens Jackson
in Vogue Magazine, November 1946, Volume 108, Issue 8
Illustrated by Carl Erickson (Eric)
Doyle New York,
Sunday the 29th of April 2001
Monica Seggos Robbie von Kampen
Monica Seggos and Robbie von Kampen by Bill Cunningham
Monica Seggos Robbie von Kampen
Monica Seggos and Robbie von Kampen by Bill Cunningham



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the dress I wore to the viewing
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the dress I wore to the auction, Thursday 3 May 2001, 10am

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Restaurant; View with people; Designed by Dorothy Draper. Photographed 1950s. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
from Table d'hote and à la carte: The Museum's Restaurants by Stephanie Post on metmuseum.org  
another gown consigned to Doyle
my grandmother

Anglomania, The Costume Institute, 3 May 2006
Vogue Magazine July 2006
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this photo is from The Metropolitan Museum of Arts collection records page on the shoes

the restored gown on display at blog:mode
screenshot from gettyimages post
various comments
as seen on The Met's blogpost
 Acknowledgement of donation