Turquoise Prom Dress

This turquoise and aqua chiffon dress is labeled "Will Steinman Original," When a designer whose work was featured in Vogue during the mid-1950s. Another label reads "Lady Hamilton, Arlington, VA," which is the name of a bridal and fancy dress shop that closed its doors in 2009.
Made in 1955, the dress was worn by Ruth E. Lander to formal events in the Washington, DC, area. This included a prom at J.E.B. Stuart Senior High School. Carol Porter, the dress' donor, wore the dress again in 1963 to a Sigma Kappa Sorority convention.
The evening dress has a ruched, fitted bodice with aqua on the top half and turquoise below, as well as aqua spaghetti straps. The neckline in front is straight across, while the back curves lower and fastens with a turquoise metal zipper. Sewn into the center back are two long gathered bias panels, aqua on the left and turquoise on the right, both falling the length of the dress. The bodice has boning on the lower front and back. The full skirt has a deep slit at the center back, and the dress is lined in blue crepe with white tape loops at the top edges of the inside side seam.
Currently not on view
date made
Steinman, Will
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
overall: 40 in x 25 in; 101.6 cm x 63.5 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Carol E. Porter
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Data Source
National Museum of American History