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Blue dressing robe owned by Tiger Haynes

Catalog Data

Created by:
Eva Phillips  Search this
Worn by:
Tiger Haynes, American, 1914 - 1994  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
robe: cotton denim, cotton terry, cord, velvet, and sequins
tie: cotton denim
H x W (flat): 59 3/4 × 28 in. (151.8 × 71.1 cm)
Place used:
New York City, Manhattan, New York, United States, North and Central America
Tiger Haynes probably used this robe backstage when he played the character Tin Man in the original 1975 Broadway production of "The Wiz: The Supersoul Musical 'Wizard of Oz.'" The Wiz opened at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway on January 5, 1975.
Blue dressing robe made by Eva Phillips and worn by Tiger Haynes. The robe is made from blue denim and fully lined in red and white striped terry cloth. It has a shawl collar and closes at the front waist with a self-fabric tie. The full-length sleeves have folded cuffs with a more fitted additional length of the striped terry cloth extending beyond the blue cuff. The bottom fourteen (14) inches of the robe can be detached via a zipper and four (4) snaps. A self-fabric belt loop is sewn at each side waist with the tie threaded through it. The tie is sewn to the robe at the center back waist. A patch pocket with a flap closure is sewn at the proper left front waist. The word "TINMAN" is sewn in red cord onto the body of the pocket. Sewn at the proper left breast is a red velvet heart outlined in red cord. At the proper left front breast is the text "Tiger" made from red cord above a square made from metallic silver rick-rack. Inside the square is the figure of the Tin Man character from the Wiz made from silver, red, and black sequins. Below the pocket on the proper left front a ladder or railroad made from yellow cord is sewn diagonally oriented. Sewn diagonally down the proper right front in red cord below the waist is the text "Ease On Down" with an oil can made from silver rick-rack below the text. There is a white fabric label with embroidered cream and red printed text sewn at the interior center back neck that reads "AN Original BY / EVA PHILLIPS". A hanger loop made from red cord is sewn at the interior center back neck.
African American  Search this
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Clothing and dress  Search this
Men  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
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Black Fashion Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture