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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:
Carl Hall, American, died 1999  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
leather, wood, paint, and metal
H x W x D (left (a)): 10 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 11 in. (26.7 × 8.9 × 27.9 cm)
H x W x D (right (b)): 10 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 11 in. (26.7 × 8.9 × 27.9 cm)
Place used:
New York City, Manhattan, New York, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1977
This pair of white ankle-length platform boots are part of a costume worn by Carl Hall as the Wizard in the broadway musical "The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical 'Wonderful Wizard of Oz'" on Broadway. The boots are made from leather that is painted white. They have a rounded toe and a decorative seam along the top of the toe box that extends up the front of the ankle. The boots close at the inner side of each ankle with a metal zipper that has a long shoe string knotted as a pull tab. The wooden platforms are also painted white, with the foot platform measuring 1 1/2 inches and the heel platform measuring 3 inches. Black rubber non-skid soles are adhered to the bottoms of each platform. The word "Wiz" is handwritten in black ink on the bottom of the rubber sole of the foot on both boots. "Hall" is handwritten in purple ink on the arch of the sole of both boots.
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
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
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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