Wrist cuffs from a costume worn by Nona Hendryx of Labelle

Designed by
Blakely, Dorian
Worn by
Hendryx, Nona, American, born 1944
Subject of
Labelle, American, founded 1962
Medium
leather, metal, and batting
Dimensions
H x W x D ((a) On form): 7 1/2 × 4 × 4 in. (19.1 × 10.2 × 10.2 cm)
H x W x D ((b) On form): 7 1/2 × 4 1/4 × 3 3/4 in. (19.1 × 10.8 × 9.5 cm)
Type
cuffs (costume components)
Place used
Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, Manhattan County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1974
Description
These wrist cuffs are 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 wrist cuffs (.4ab) are alike, shaped to be wider at the forearm and tapering to the wrist. They are made from a single layer of three (3) pieces of black leather, including a gusset sewn at the center, with the edges turned to the reverse and hemmed. The forearm edge has an additional piece of leather wrapped around padding to form a three-dimensional detail. The cuffs are decorated all over with convex silver rounded metal nail head studs. They close with a silver metal zipper that starts at the wrist, with the toggle at the forearm when the cuffs are closed.
This costume is very similar to a costume worn by Hendryx during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House on October 6, 1974.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Costume
Disco (Music)
Funk (Music)
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Rock and roll (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Soul (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Nona Hendryx of Labelle
Object number
2014.246.2.4ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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