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Alice Austen

Alice Austen in Costume

May 29, 1886. 10:30 am.

Alice Austen dressed for a dance in the Spanish costume, poses on the porch of the Austen House.  The skirt is heavy yellow satin and the jacket black velvet with sequine.  "A pretty good hat that was, too," says Miss Austen. Like all her clothes, it was "run up" by a dressmaker who came to the house and stayed until the job was done.  She holds castenete.  "It was all correct, you know."

Collection of Staten Island Historic Society

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