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Queens’ gowns being re-created

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    A completed reproduction of Queen Kapiolani’s lei hulu gown is on view at Bloomingdale’s through April 18.

  • ILLUSTRATION COURTESY IRIS VIACRUSIS / PHOTO COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    A sketch of Queen Kapiolani’s lei hulu gown by Iris Viacrusis, along with a photo of the monarch.

  • ILLUSTRATION COURTESY IRIS VIACRUSIS / PHOTO COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    Work on a reproduction of an ostrich gown worn by Queen Liliuokalani is slated to begin late summer.

Hawaii’s royals were like you and me in at least one respect: When clothing outlived its usefulness, they repurposed or got rid of it. The idea that their attire might one day be treasured as historical artifacts did not occur to the alii at a time when they were struggling with the bigger issue of preserving the Hawaiian kingdom. Read more

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