Dorothy Horvorka wore this dress for her final solo piano performance with the Cleveland Summer Orchestra in 1959. One might imagine that a classical musician should wear more serious clothing, but Dorothy dressed with color and flair onstage. This dress is made of layers of dusty purple net, but a bright pink lining peeks through, and glows in certain light. She found success as a pianist for decades before devoting herself to musical philanthropy, as a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra and President of its Women’s Committee, and as President of the Cleveland Music School Settlement., Made of synthetic net. Worn in Cleveland, Ohio by Dorothy Humel Hovorka (1921-2017). Gift of Dorothy Humel Hovorka 81.51.2. Featured in the "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes" Exhibit.
The Great Lakes Exposition was held during the summers of 1936 and 1937 on the waterfront of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Among the most popular attractions was the Billy Rose Aquacade, featuring water ballet shows starring Johnny Weismueller and Eleanor Holm. The collection consists of views of the buildings and grounds, shows and exhibits, lighting, and crowds at the Great Lakes Exposition, Cleveland, Ohio, held in 1936-1937. Some of the views are aerial photographs of the area. Included are a Margaret Bourke-White photograph of French casino dancing, and a portrait of Johnny Weismueller with Eleanor Holm and Billy Rose. some of the views were taken by Geoffrey Landesman.