Material/Medium/Support: Pink cotton smocked
Earliest Production Date and Latest Production Date: ca 1940
Dimension: N/A Accession #: 994.13.1 – 5
Institution Name: CMCC
The Dionne Quintuplets, the first identical quintuplets to survive infancy, wore these dresses for a CBC radio interview in 1940, when they were only six years old. These pretty pink dresses feature generous smocking on the bodice, embroidered collars, puffy sleeves and piped seams. Born to a humble French-Canadian farm family in rural Ontario, Marie, Yvonne, Émilie, Cécile, and Annette garnered massive amounts of media attention during the Great Depression. Four months after their birth, Ontario made the girls wards of the state, and built a nursery called ‘Quintland,’ with an observation gallery for millions of tourists to see the quintuplets at play. The delicate dresses remind us of the rags-to-riches story of the family, but also, the frailty of the Quints’ legacy. In 1998, after a long period of negotiation, the remaining sisters received a monetary settlement from the Ontario government for what they justifiably perceived as the exploitation of their rights as individuals for material gain.
FIVE SIMPLE DRESSES
M.A., Art History, Concordia University.
On May 28, 1934 Elzire Dionne gave birth to five identical girls. These five sisters became famous almost immediately …
This essay was written by an M.A. student in a Museum Practice seminar in the Department of Art History, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University. The seminar was taught by Dr. Loren Lerner with the assistance of Dina Vescio, a M.A. graduate of the program.
David C., the beach
2006. Inkjet print. 20.3 x 25.4cm.
Sabrina Russo, a Toronto native, studied photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design and is now pursuing…
This artwork, inspired by the national treasure, was created by a student artist in the Department of Studio Arts (Photography) under the supervision of Marisa Portolese, Assistant Professor in Studio Arts(Photography), Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.