Costume dress worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues

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Designed by
Mackie, Bob, American, born 1940
Aghayan, Ray, Iranian American, born 1934
Koch, Norma, American, 1898 - 1979
Worn by
Ross, Diana, American, born 1944
Subject of
Holiday, Billie, American, 1915 - 1959
Medium
wool twill with metal hooks
Dimensions
H x W (Flat): 48 1/2 × 19 in. (123.2 × 48.3 cm)
Type
dresses
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Date
1972
Description
Teal twill wool long-sleeved mid-calf length dress worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in the Paramount Pictures produced 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues." The dress has a mock turtleneck and no waist seam, but center front and back seams. There are diagonal light green stripes of wool that angle in a point-up double chevron on the bodice and wrap around to the back. The dress closes at the center back from the neck to below the waist with eleven (11) self-covered teal buttons and self loops, and thirteen (13) hooks that attach to the loops. Additionally, there is one (1) black snap at the top of the neck and two (2) snaps at the bottom of the back closure. Thread-wrapped metal is sewn at the interior of the upper part of the shoulder seams to make the mock turtleneck stand out from the neck. The dress is not lined and is hand hemmed.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Costume
Fashion
Film
Jazz (Music)
Motown (Music)
Musical films
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.64.4.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Clothing-Fashion
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
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

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