This photo of Gertie Millar (1879-1952) by Rita Martin shows the musical comedy star in her role as Prudence Pym in 'The Quaker Girl'. The production was Millar's first appearance in the Adelphi Theatre, which had been taken over by the impressario George Edwardes in 1908. 'The Quaker Girl' ran from 5 November 1910 to 11 April 1912 for a staggering 536 performances.
'The Quaker Girl' had the convoluted plot, so typical of musical comedies, which involves Prudence travelling to Paris to model quaker clothes for a 'Madame Blum', a Parisian dressmaker. Contemporary photographs show that the dress depicted here was worn in a scene set chez Madame Blum. A copy of the dress was donated to the Museum by Lady Duff Gordon who owned a fashion house under the name of Lucile.