This gown is a reproduction of the original housed at The Bishop Museum Archives. It is written in Museum records as Liliu’okalani, “worn while adjourning Parliament, 1893.” In other words, worn while making her last plea to parliament in an effort to revoke the ‘Bayonet Constitution” of 1887.
Information passed down through the years tells us that her favorite color was lilac or lavender. The original gown has faded to a yellow cream however the lilac color still remained in the hemline and seams. A pale shade similar to what was used for this reproduction. The original fabric was a silk de-lustered satin with Batten Burg lace and Ostrich feathers. It is a truly outstanding example of European couture.
After the over through of her kingdom Queen Liliu’okalani, in a quiet display of protest, chose to wear only Black.
As Hawaii’s Fashion History unfolds the gowns come alive with music and dance. The final look of each gown is completed with a beautiful collection of feather and shell lei, jewelry and handbags. Models take on the ambiance of each era.