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Designed by:
Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian American, 1930 - 2014  Search this
Created by:
Grace Costumes Inc., American, founded 1961  Search this
Worn by:
Dee Dee Bridgewater, American, born 1950  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
synthetic fiber, net (textile), and chiffon
On form - without train extended: 66 × 50 × 10 1/2 in. (167.6 × 127 × 26.7 cm)
On form - with train extended: 66 × 50 × 28 in. (167.6 × 127 × 71.1 cm)
On form - with hat (b) and train: 92 × 50 × 28 in. (233.7 × 127 × 71.1 cm)
H x W x D (In box, padded out): 54 × 22 × 7 in. (137.2 × 55.9 × 17.8 cm)
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
This gown with a full train is part of a costume worn by Dee Dee Bridgewater as the character Glinda in the Broadway production of "The Wiz". The gown has exaggerated medieval trumpet sleeves, and the train is heavily gathered in the back with a ruffled hem. The gown is made of a light pink chiffon sewn on top of flesh-colored netting, with appliquéed floral patches and pink rhinestones hand and machine sewn to the garment. A silver zipper runs down the center back. Flexible boning is sewn inside the hem to give the skirt and train weight and to shape the ruffles. There is a loop of the pink fabric sewn to the center back of the train hem to allow the wearer to hold up the train by the loop. The floral patches sewn on the breasts contain a small piece of cotton batting tucked into the patch. The gown is not lined.
African American  Search this
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Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Black Fashion Museum Collection
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse, C 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture