Hello, Dolly Dress

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.
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Object Name
Date made
Channing, Carol
Grace Costumes
Wittop, Freddy
Physical Description
satin (overall material)
red (overall color)
overall: 155 cm x 75 cm; 61 in x 29 1/2 in
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
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accession number
catalog number
Musical Theater
Clothing & Accessories
Popular Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

11/14/2012 12:39:13 PM
Wesley Viebahn
What a beautiful dress! How did you obtain it?
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