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CWF Costume Design Center

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Costumes were first worn October 20, 1934, by Colonial Williamsburg hostesses at the Raleigh Tavern for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visit for the dedication of the Duke of Gloucester Street. These first costumes were deemed so successful that by November 5, 1934, all hostesses in the remainder of the exhibition buildings were required to wear costumes.