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Natalia Flores' Quinceañera Dress

A dress, a tradition, and a transition to señorita

To Chicagoan Natalia Flores, this gown seemed the perfect option to wear to her quinceañera (or simply quince), a coming-of-age celebration held throughout Latin America and Latinx communities. Part birthday party and part religious rite of passage, the event marks the symbolic moment when a 15-year-old Latina becomes a young woman. Quinceañera ceremonies typically begin at a Catholic church, with a blessing attended by close family and friends. After the ceremony, the elegant niña heads to a jubilant reception rich in symbolism. 

Quinceanera dress

Object Details

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date made
2006
ID Number
2009.0169.001
accession number
2009.0169
catalog number
2009.0169.001
Location
Currently not on view
Credit Line
Gift of Natalia Flores
distributor
P.C. Mary's Inc.
wearer
Flores, Natalia
maker
unknown
subject
Latino
Quinceanera
place made
China
place used
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Associated Place
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
polyester (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
beading (neckline material)
sequins (bodice material)
Measurements
skirt length: 42 1/2 in; 107.95 cm
bodice length: 16 1/4 in; 41.275 cm
overall length: 53 1/4 in; 135.255 cm
inside sleeve length: 18 in; 45.72 cm
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Object Name
dress
Object Type
Main Dress
Entire Body
Woman
Dress
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-3efe-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
Record ID
nmah_1357209

Quinceanera dress

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