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Inaugural Ball Gown

Mary Call Darby Collins wore this gown to festivities celebrating the inauguration of her husband, LeRoy Collins, as Florida’s thirty-third governor in 1957. The gown is made of magnolia taffeta, trimmed in coffee-colored Chantilly lace. It was designed by top New York City fashion designer Rosalie Macrini, known for her evening gowns. If you want to learn more about the Collinses, be sure to visit The Grove Museum.

(Collection of the Museum of Florida History)