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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:
André De Shields, American, born 1946  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
synthetic fiber, fur, sequins, rhinestones, and elastic
H x W x D (flat): 92 3/4 × 57 1/2 × 9 3/4 in. (235.6 × 146.1 × 24.8 cm)
capes (outerwear)
Place used:
New York City, Manhattan, New York, United States, North and Central America
This cream and green cape decorated with silver sequin stars and rhinestones is part of a costume worn by André De Shields as The Wizard in "The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical 'Wonderful Wizard of Oz'" on Broadway. The exterior of the cape is made of a cream satin synthetic fiber with thirty-two (32) small silver sequin stars hand-sewn to the fabric with fishing line in a random pattern. One (1) larger silver sequin star is attached at the center back just below the collar. The cape has an oversized stand-up collar, with squared tips made of a stiff plastic or paper and covered in cream satin synthetic fabric. At the proper left and proper right fronts of the collar, one (1) sequin silver star is glued to the fabric and surrounded by silver rhinestones that also are affixed to the collar with glue. The cape is lined with an emerald green satin synthetic fiber. The exterior edge of the cape is trimmed with cream fur. The cape attaches with a harness around the wearer's back, through the arms, and with a hook-and-eye closure at the center front chest. The portion of the harness that goes at the wearer's back is made of elastic, while the front is made of cream satin faced with grosgrain ribbon. The harness is attached to the cape at the proper right and proper left sides just below the collar. Green rhinestones are sewn in a decorative design where the harness closes at the center front.
African American  Search this
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Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
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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
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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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