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Designed by:
Bob Mackie, American, born 1940  Search this
Ray Aghayan, Iranian American, born 1934  Search this
Norma Koch, American, 1898 - 1979  Search this
Worn by:
Diana Ross, American, born 1944  Search this
Subject of:
Billie Holiday, American, 1915 - 1959  Search this
wool twill, fur, and silk satin
H x W x D (Flat): 21 × 21 × 3 1/2 in. (53.3 × 53.3 × 8.9 cm)
vests (main garments)
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Light green wool twill cropped vest with fur-trimmed armholes worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in the Paramount Pictures produced 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues." The vest has an open shawl collar with pointed lapels. The proper right front crosses over the proper left front and snaps closed with green fabric covered snaps. There are four snaps, three along the proper right bottom edge and one at the point of the proper left side, and one hook along the bottom right edge that attaches to a thread loop on the left side. Two large teal covered fabric round buttons sewn on the proper right front are decorative. The vest ends at a point at the center back, and a weight is sewn between the facing and lining at this center back point. Brown fur is sewn around the arm openings. The vest is fully lined in light green silk satin. There is a panel of teal lining fabric at the arm openings and the fur trim is lined with black satin. All of the lining is hand sewn.
African American  Search this
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Clothing and dress  Search this
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Costume design  Search this
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Film  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Motown (Music)  Search this
Musical films  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture