Fact No. 150. (Published on 6/11/2005)

Georgia Cayvan's Glass Dress

Once one of the most popular actresses in America, Georgia Cayvan earned her place in the history of glass when, in 1893, she became the first person to wear a glass dress.

The dress was made by the E.D. Libbey Glass Company (Toledo, Ohio) from cloth made of glass fibers. The cost for the 12 yards of fabric was $300 -- the equivalent of about $30,000 today.

The dress was exhibited it at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago but was too brittle to be practical.

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