Fancy Dress

Contact: Heather Almond '17


A. History of Organization

The Washington and Lee University Fancy Dress Ball was started in 1907 by librarian Anne Robertson White. "Miss Annie Joe" organized the first ball as an event where W&L male students could enjoy a classy, dignified evening with their dates from neighboring women's colleges (or with their "steadies" from back home. It was originally hailed as "the social event of the season" for southern, college-aged men and women. Miss Annie presided over the ball until 1920.
Since then, Fancy Dress has been planned and organized by a committee of dedicated students with incredible faculty and staff support.
The ball was suspended during WWII and in the 1970s, but largely "the ball must go on." Styles and campus have changed, but students still plan, decorate, and dance the night away each spring at Fancy Dress.

B. Mission Statement

To celebrate one of the University's oldest traditions by creating a memorable ball for students, faculty, and the Washington & Lee community at large.

C. Requirements of membership

The committee at large is composed of XX subcommittees, which range from responsibilities such as XX to XXX. Typically, sub-committee chairs have served on the committee for at least a year and are chosen by the selected Committee Co-Chairs based on their applications, involvement, passion, and contribution to the event.

Members are selected for the Fancy Dress committee based on the quality of their application and individual interview in the fall. During this application process, the ideal candidate would have a passion for event planning, a focus that will benefit the event, and provides new, creative ideas that will inspire the next year's event.

D. How the Organization is beneficial to the W&L Community

Fancy Dress is one of the University's oldest and most cherished traditions. This event provides the Washington and Lee community with the opportunity to take a break from the rigorous academics of the University and enjoy a night full of fun and celebration.
In planning this event, students of the University work hard to ensure that the event is a success. Additionally, this organization benefits many local businesses in the Lexington area through its various fundraisers throughout the year.
Finally, over the past couple of years, this organization has also yielded a great return on its investment through it's ticket sales, which has helped generate straight income that goes back to the university at the end of the event.