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Debutante dress with short train, designed and made by Maria Beggley, 1966. Mary Hayes wore this evening gown to her debutante ball, the Napier Charity Ball, in June 1966. Hayes can be seen wearing the dress in the accompanying black-and-white photos from 1966 (the group portrait shows her with her parents, Olive and Jim Hayes). Collection of New Zealand Fashion Museum. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.

Debutante dress with short train, designed and made by Maria Beggley, 1966. Mary Hayes wore this evening gown to her debutante ball, the Napier Charity Ball, in June 1966. Hayes can be seen wearing the dress in the accompanying black-and-white photos from 1966 (the group portrait shows her with her parents, Olive and Jim Hayes). Collection of New Zealand Fashion Museum. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.

Debutante dress, made by the Otey sisters of Raleigh, 1966. Sisters Susan and Mary “Molly” Spicer of Goldsboro, NC, each wore this dress for their debuts and weddings. Debutante photograph shows Susan Collier Spicer at the Raleigh Debutante Ball in 1966. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Susan Spicer Ryan, via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Debutante dress, made by the Otey sisters of Raleigh, 1966. Sisters Susan and Mary “Molly” Spicer of Goldsboro, NC, each wore this dress for their debuts and weddings. Debutante photograph shows Susan Collier Spicer at the Raleigh Debutante Ball in 1966. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Susan Spicer Ryan, via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Debutante dress, by Willie Otey Kay (embellished by Elizabeth Otey Constant), 1962. Worn by Margaret Allen for her 1962 debut at the North Carolina Debutante Ball. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Margaret Allen Rouse, via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Debutante dress, by Willie Otey Kay (embellished by Elizabeth Otey Constant), 1962. Worn by Margaret Allen for her 1962 debut at the North Carolina Debutante Ball. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Margaret Allen Rouse, via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Debutante dress, by Willie Otey Kay, 1967. Worn by Elizabeth White to the North Carolina Debutante Ball in 1967 and also for her own wedding six years later. Courtesy of Mrs. Elizabeth White Converse. Debutante photos (including photo of Elizabeth White wearing the dress), 1967. Courtesy of Burnie Batchelor Studio, Raleigh, NC. Via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Debutante dress, by Willie Otey Kay, 1967. Worn by Elizabeth White to the North Carolina Debutante Ball in 1967 and also for her own wedding six years later. Courtesy of Mrs. Elizabeth White Converse. Debutante photos (including photo of Elizabeth White wearing the dress), 1967. Courtesy of Burnie Batchelor Studio, Raleigh, NC. Via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

A Jacques Heim couture ivory slubbed silk bridal/debutante gown, early 1960s. "Jeunes Filles Paris" label, the hem and neckline edged with silver lace and iridescent sequins. Kerry Taylor Auctions.

A Jacques Heim couture ivory slubbed silk bridal/debutante gown, early "Jeunes Filles Paris" label, the hem and neckline edged with silver lace and iridescent sequins.

Debutante dress, by Willie Otey Kay, 1958. Worn by Mary Ruth Starling Hardy to the 1958 North Carolina Debutante Ball. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Mary Ruth Faulkner, via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Debutante dress, by Willie Otey Kay, 1958. Worn by Mary Ruth Starling Hardy to the 1958 North Carolina Debutante Ball. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Mary Ruth Faulkner, via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You" (madeespeciallyforyou.org).

Striped black satin crepe evening gown accented with rhinestone beaded grape clusters and rhinestone leaf edging around the neckline. Gown has a full train. Matilda Rausch Dodge Wilson wore this gown on the occasion of her daughter, France Dodge's, debut in December of 1933 at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. Meadow Brook Hall Historic Costume Collection.

Striped black satin crepe evening gown accented with rhinestone beaded grape clusters and rhinestone leaf edging around the neckline. Gown has a full train. Matilda Rausch Dodge Wilson wore this gown on the occasion of her daughter, France Dodge's, debut in December of 1933 at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. Meadow Brook Hall Historic Costume Collection.

Evening gown with matching overbodice, worn in 1964 by Mrs. June Kay Campbell to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball, where her daughter, Mildred Campbell Christmas, was presented. Dress was made by Willie Otey Kay, Mrs. Campbell's mother. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of History. Black-and-white photo shows Mildred Campbell, Ralph Campbell Sr. and June Kay Campbell at the AKA debutante ball in 1964 (image courtesy of the family of Willie Otey Kay, via WUNC).

Evening gown with matching overbodice, worn in 1964 by Mrs. June Kay Campbell to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball, where her daughter, Mildred Campbell Christmas, was presented. Dress was made by Willie Otey Kay, Mrs. Campbell's mother. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of History. Black-and-white photo shows Mildred Campbell, Ralph Campbell Sr. and June Kay Campbell at the AKA debutante ball in 1964 (image courtesy of the family of Willie Otey Kay, via WUNC).

Women's 1948 Veiled Prophet Queen dress of (once) off-white lace over silver lame. Dress is now tarnished and gold. Missouri History Museum. collections.mohistory.org #fashionhistory #1940sstyle

Women's 1948 Veiled Prophet Queen dress of (once) off-white lace over silver lame. Dress is now tarnished and gold. Made by Vera Hicks. Worn by debutante Helen Dozier Conant in Collection of Missouri History Museum.

Miss Terroux as the "Baronne de Beaumouchel," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898, II-123132 © McCord Museum

Miss Terroux as the "Baronne de Beaumouchel," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, © McCord Museum

Debutante dress embellished with hand beading [front view], 1950s. Nylon. New Zealand Fashion Museum. Credit: Courtesy of Phillippa Freeman.

Debutante dress embellished with hand beading [front view], Nylon. New Zealand Fashion Museum. Credit: Courtesy of Phillippa Freeman.

Silk brocade evening gown, by Worth, 1909. Orchid satin with trained tone-on-tone floral brocade overdress, tulle and lace bodice insert with shawl collar, sleeve having five button & loop closures, lace cuff and placket with five faux buttons, cream silk lining, corset interior. Worn by Margaret Draper's mother to her daughter's debut in Washington, DC. Whitaker Auctions. CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Silk brocade evening gown, by Worth, 1909. Orchid satin with trained tone-on-tone floral brocade overdress, tulle and lace bodice insert with shawl collar, sleeve having five button & loop closures, lace cuff and placket with five faux buttons, cream silk lining, corset interior. Worn by Margaret Draper's mother to her daughter's debut in Washington, DC. Whitaker Auctions. CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.

"Second Night" dress, made by Willie Otey Kay (embellished by Elizabeth Otey Constant), 1954. Emerald Montaldo earrings and bracelet, 1954. Worn by Louise Wooten to a Saturday dance, the day after the 1954 North Carolina Debutante Ball. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of History. Slide copy of Louise Wooten attired in the gown, prior to her "Second Night" party in 1954 (courtesy of Mrs. Louise Wooten Talley). Via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You"…

"Second Night" dress, made by Willie Otey Kay (embellished by Elizabeth Otey Constant), 1954. Emerald Montaldo earrings and bracelet, 1954. Worn by Louise Wooten to a Saturday dance, the day after the 1954 North Carolina Debutante Ball. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of History. Slide copy of Louise Wooten attired in the gown, prior to her "Second Night" party in 1954 (courtesy of Mrs. Louise Wooten Talley). Via the online exhibit "Made Especially for You"…

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