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Designed by:
Danny Flynn  Search this
Worn by:
Dawn Sherrese Robinson, American, born 1965  Search this
Subject of:
En Vogue, American, founded 1989  Search this
Dress: aluminum mesh
Bra: Polyester fiber, polyurethane and metal (underwire)
Bikini briefs: nylon and spandex
Shoes: leather, plastic, rubber and metal
H x W (.1, Dress, flat): 30 × 18 in. (76.2 × 45.7 cm)
H x W x D (.1, Dress, on form): 29 × 12 3/4 × 10 in. (73.7 × 32.4 × 25.4 cm)
H x W (.2, Bra, flat): 10 × 12 in. (25.4 × 30.5 cm)
H x W x D (.2, Bra, on form): 9 1/2 × 10 × 9 in. (24.1 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm)
H x W (.3, Bikini briefs, flat): 7 3/4 × 10 1/2 in. (19.7 × 26.7 cm)
H x W x D (.3, Bikini briefs, on form): 8 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 8 in. (21.6 × 31.8 × 20.3 cm)
H x W x D (.4a, Shoe (left)): 5 1/4 × 3 3/8 × 9 3/8 in. (13.3 × 8.6 × 23.8 cm)
H x W x D (.4b, Shoe (right)): 5 1/4 × 3 1/8 × 9 3/8 in. (13.3 × 7.9 × 23.8 cm)
bikinis (underwear)
pumps (shoes)
sheath dresses
Place used:
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States, North and Central America
A costume worn by Dawn Robinson of En Vogue for the music video “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” (1992) comprised of a dress (.1), a bra (.2), a pair of bikini briefs (.3), and a pair of shoes (.4ab).
Dress (.1): Mini-length shift dress made of small (1/4-inch) interlocking silver metal octagonal discs. The dress is sleeveless, with a deep v-neck front bodice. The back bodice is open, with one (1) straight 2-inch strap running horizontally across the mid-back above a triangular cut-out. The dress is not lined.
Bra (.2): Metallic silver bra in an underwire demi cup style with adjustable straps and an adjustable hook-and-eye back closure. The bra is not lined.
Bikini briefs (.3): Metallic silver bikini style briefs. The briefs are not lined.
Shoes (.4ab): Pair of metallic silver open-toed high-heeled shoes. The vamp has a crisscrossing swirled pattern over the top of the front of the foot. A t-strap style closure connects the vamp to the heel cap. The straps close with a metal snap and have a decorative silver buckle. The curved heels have a black rubber bottom. A cream non-slip rubber pad is adhered to the front half of the soles.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Design  Search this
Fashion design  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of En Vogue
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture