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Designed by:
Patricia Norris, American, 1931 - 2015  Search this
Worn by:
Lupita Amondi Nyong'o, Mexican Kenyan, born 1983  Search this
Created by:
Western Costume Company, American, founded 1912  Search this
Subject of:
Solomon Northup, American, 1808 - 1875  Search this
cloth, thread, metal, plastic
H x W x D (on form): 55 × 19 × 14 in. (139.7 × 48.3 × 35.6 cm)
Lupita Nyong'o wears this dress as the character Patsey in the film 12 Years a Slave. The dress is designed and weathered to resemble an early 19th century Regency era gown that survived until the 1840s setting of the film.The dress is a faded blush pink color with short sleeves and an empire waist. There is pleated detail at the front waistline. The bottom of the dress has a hidden hem which follows the frayed bottom edge and prevents additional tears. The back fastens closed with three buttons and four sets of hook-and-eye fasteners. The buttons are off-white and have circular detailing. The sleeves are puffed with interior snaps and tabs of fabric used to secure undergarments. Inside the proper left side of the back shoulder is a barcode [Western Costume/40982797]. There is an additional barcode on the proper right hip inside the dress that is struck through in red ink [Western Costume/40445971].
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Film  Search this
Hollywood (Film)  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Western Costume Company
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture