Music Video

Can You Tell Us About the Dress From the Musical "Hello, Dolly"?

February 2017

Dwight Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume from the musical "Hello, Dolly!"

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description
One of the most distinctive comediennes of her generation, Carol Channing (b. 1921) catapulted to stardom as the baby-voiced heroine of the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1949). Nearly two decades later, her performance as the resourceful Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! (1964) reaffirmed her standing as a theatrical superstar. Her return to the role of Dolly in various revivals of the show has made the part undoubtedly hers. This red satin, sequin-bedecked costume, designed by Freddy Wittop, was worn by Channing in the vibrant production number built around the show's title song.
Location
Currently not on view
user
Channing, Carol
maker
Grace Costumes
designer
Wittop, Freddy
Date made
1994
Credit Line
Manny Kladitis
Physical Description
satin (overall material)
red (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 155 cm x 75 cm; 61 in x 29 1/2 in
Object Name
costume
dress
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Clothing & Accessories
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
ID Number
1997.0232.01
accession number
1997.0232
catalog number
2002.0232.27
subject
Musical Theater
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
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