Gift of Gloria Karina Arroyo

Gloria Arroyo (handwritten cloth label at center back neck)
"Iconic to Ironic: Fashioning California Identity," OMCA Great Hall, March 15 - September 21, 2003

A: Quinceañera dress, with white satin bodice with an allover applique of embroidered leaves and flowers decorated with artificial pearls and colorless sequins. Bodice features vertical darts and a v-shaped waistline. Sleeves are short and set off the shoulder. Skirt is floor-length, made from four layers of gathered tulle, which are edged in white satin cord, giving the hem a scalloped appearance. The tull is layered over a satin skirt which is lined with white pongee. Zipper at center back. B: petticoat is two graduated ruffles of white netting gathered onto a base of white acetate plain weave. Petticoat has a drawstring waist, with a piece of elastic serving as the drawstring.


A quinceañera is the celebration of a young woman's fifteenth birthday in Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central, or South American culture. The quinceañera symbolizes a young woman's transition into womanhood, and the event usually combines a special Catholic mass given in the young woman's honor with a larger formal reception for family and friends. This type of event may also be called the Fiesta Rosa (for example, in El Salvador).

Used: Gloria Karina Arroyo | Female | Adolescent | Quinceañera | Ceremony | Catholic mass

Bookmark and Share