Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian American, 1930 - 2014 Search this
polyester, rhinestone, sequin, metal and Velcro™
H x W (flat): 61 1/2 × 26 1/2 in. (156.2 × 67.3 cm)
Inseam: 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm)
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Jumpsuit from The Wiz costume ensemble worn by André De Shields in the original 1975 Broadway production. The cream jumpsuit has silver and clear rhinestone decorations. The jumpsuit is a full-length garment with bell-bottom flared pant legs and full-length sleeves made from a cream twill synthetic fiber. The jumpsuit closes at the center front with a silver zipper that runs from the waistline to the bottom of the stand-up collar. An asymmetric flap of the cream twill fabric covers the zipper and fastens with Velcro™ to the proper right front side. The edge of the flap is decorated with silver rhinestones that are also sewn to the proper left side of the body of the jumpsuit in a mirror image, creating the appearance of a bib front. There are two hook and eye closures at the proper front neck opening. The proper back bodice of the jumpsuit has two darts that form a tapered waist. A silver sequin five-pointed star is sewn at the center of the proper back side just below the waistline. The set-in sleeves are straight to the wrist, with five silver rhinestones sewn in a line at the outward facing cuff of each sleeve. The jumpsuit is not lined. There are areas of wear throughout the jumpsuit and some areas of active corrosion.