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

Dwight Blocker Bowers

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!"

Collection Object: 
Hello, Dolly Dress
subject
Musical Theater
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
user
Channing, Carol
maker
Grace Costumes
designer
Wittop, Freddy
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
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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
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
Date made
1994
Object Name
costume
dress
ID Number
1997.0232.01
accession number
1997.0232
catalog number
2002.0232.27