Parents often contact us when their daughters want to portray Juliette Gordon Low for a school Living History Day. “Can we borrow a Juliette Gordon Low costume?”
Unfortunately, we have to say no. We don’t have a girl-sized JGL costume. We have adult uniforms and girl uniforms.
As the Archives and History Committee, we are supposed to be sticklers for accuracy and that means making sure people wear age-appropriate uniforms. We also realize that assembling a costume is part of the Living History Day assignment and believe that entails more than borrowing a ready-made outfit.
However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t help you put together your own JGL costume! The main components are a belted khaki Norfolk jacket and skirt, black tie, and campaign-style hat (Boy Scouts have a similar “state-trooper” hat that you might be able to borrow). The finishing touch is the Silver Fish award, suspended around her neck from a blue and white ribbon. The Silver Fish is a prestigious British Girl Guide award; JGL was one of only three Americans ever to receive it and she was very proud of it.
When you’ve assembled your own JGL uniform, send us a picture of you wearing it, and we’ll add it to the website.