Costume vest 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, fur, and silk satin
Dimensions
H x W x D (Flat): 21 × 21 × 3 1/2 in. (53.3 × 53.3 × 8.9 cm)
Type
vests (main garments)
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Date
1972
Description
Light green wool twill cropped vest with fur-trimmed armholes worn by Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in the Paramount Pictures produced 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues." The vest has an open shawl collar with pointed lapels. The proper right front crosses over the proper left front and snaps closed with green fabric covered snaps. There are four snaps, three along the proper right bottom edge and one at the point of the proper left side, and one hook along the bottom right edge that attaches to a thread loop on the left side. Two large teal covered fabric round buttons sewn on the proper right front are decorative. The vest ends at a point at the center back, and a weight is sewn between the facing and lining at this center back point. Brown fur is sewn around the arm openings. The vest is fully lined in light green silk satin. There is a panel of teal lining fabric at the arm openings and the fur trim is lined with black satin. All of the lining is hand sewn.
Topic
African American
Actors
Clothing and dress
Costume
Fashion
Film
Jazz (Music)
Motown (Music)
Musical films
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.64.4.2
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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