Many of our readers are already familiar with my obsession with local dressmaker and manufacturer labels and stores. In a recent large acquisition there were two examples of a well known local dressmaker, so I was thrilled. Here's a bit about Madame Glover.
Madame Annie Glover
Annie Casey Glover (1861- 1947)was a very well known dressmaker in Louisville in her day. Born in Ireland, she came to the US in 1876 according to the Encyclopedia of Louisville. She came to notice in the dressmaking department of Sharpe and Middleton’s New York Store, best know on later years as Stewart’s Dry Goods. Known for her bridal trousseau, she opened her own establishment on 4th St. in 1891. There she become quite successful, dressing ladies from not only the Louisville area, but around the country. The Breckinridge News of March 21,1894 notes a local lady going to Mde Glovers in Louisville, so a trip to her establishment was noteworthy in the smaller cites and towns in the general area. The Feb 13, 1904 KY Irish American mentions her spacious rooms and workrooms at the Tyler Building on Market St. Madame Glover retired in 1912, and died in New York City ins 1947. Writing in 1947, Isabel M. McMeekin in Louisville the Gateway City refers to her brother " Mr. Willie" as a designer as well.
c. 1909 - 1910 Black Silk Crepe de Chine Evening Dress with Chinese embroidery, scalloped over skirt and net sleeves, by Madame Glover, coming soon to Past Perfect Vintage.com
This c. 1905 Irish Lace Coat by Madame Glover sold at Augusta Auctions in 2011