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Object Name Dress
Date 1900
Description Girl's 2-piece dress of white serge and blue silk. Bodice has standing collar, blue ruched ribbon trim, net-covered silk vest attached to bodice, long sleeves, and back closure with hooks and eyes. Paneled skirt with added ruffle of tan cotton with horizontally woven stripes (ruffle has been shortened). (Skirt is likely not original to the bodice; it has a buttonhole at center front that has no corresponding button on the bodice, and is much larger than the bodice waist).
(Keywords: Fashion, Children's Clothing, Teenagers, Late Victorian, Early Twentieth Century, New York)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Ida Dudley Dale
Ownership and History Ida Dudley Dale (1887-1955) was a lifelong Staten Island resident. On May 23, 1900, she wore this dress to a reception at the White House. The reception was hosted by President William McKinley in honor of a fraternal organization, the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrines, and Miss Dale and her mother attended as guests of family friends. Miss Dale wrote about the event in her diary: "...All the guests were put in a line. I thought we would never get there, but at quarter past ten we entered the door, keeping time to an elegant brass band which was playing in the Conservatory. We marched through the dining room, blue room, green room etc. We had walked in pairs before this, but as we entered the door, our usher said 'single file please', so at 25 minutes past ten I shook hands with President McKinley. He said 'I am pleased to meet you, this is Mrs. McKinley.' From the time we entered the reception room door until we went out Mrs. McKinley was smiling at Estelle and I, as there were not many children there..."
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1900
Subjects Clothing & dress
Children
Presidents
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Dale, Ida Dudley
McKinley, William
Catalog Number C01.2319.A-B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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