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Designed by:
Dorian Blakely  Search this
Worn by:
Nona Hendryx, American, born 1944  Search this
Subject of:
Labelle, American, founded 1962  Search this
reinforced plastic, paint, leather, and metal
H x W x D (On form): 25 5/8 × 11/16 × 3/4 in. (65.1 × 1.7 × 1.9 cm)
H x W x D (Flat): 25 5/8 × 2 1/2 × 3/4 in. (65.1 × 6.4 × 1.9 cm)
crops (animal equipment)
Place used:
Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, Manhattan County, New York, United States, North and Central America
This prop riding crop is part of a costume worn by Nona Hendryx of Labelle. The costume consists of a headdress (.1), a cape (.2), silver studded black leather collar, breast covers, and codpiece (.3a-d), wrist cuffs (.4ab), platform boots (.5ab), prop handcuffs (.6), and a prop riding crop (.7).
The riding crop (.7) is a slightly flexible plastic tapered shaft covered with black braided synthetic fiber. The entire crop is spray painted with metallic silver paint. On the thin end of the crop shaft is a short loop of black leather (the keeper). Attached to the thicker end of the crop is a thin loop of black leather to be worn over the wearer's wrist. There is a silver cap on the thicker end of the crop at its handle. One (1) bead of black scored plastic is attached to the shaft approximately 6 1/2 inches from the tip of the metal cap. There is one (1) metal hook sewn on the handle so it can attach at the proper right hip of the white long-sleeved ankle-length unitard.
This costume is very similar to a costume worn by Hendryx during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House on October 6, 1974.
African American  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Disco (Music)  Search this
Funk (Music)  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Rock and roll (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Nona Hendryx of Labelle
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture