Designed by
Blakely, Dorian
Worn by
Hendryx, Nona, American, born 1944
Subject of
Labelle, American, founded 1962
Headdress (.1): feather, satin, wood, metal, leather, and Velcro™
Cape (.2): synthetic fiber, metal, batting, and wire
Leather components (.3a-d): leather and metal
Wrist cuffs (.4ab): leather, metal, and batting
Boots (.5ab): plastic, synthetic fiber, leather, metal, batting, and Velcro™
Handcuffs (.6): leather and metal
Riding crop (.7): reinforced plastic, paint, leather, and metal
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). It was worn with a long-sleeved ankle-length white unitard that is not part of the museum collection. This costume is very similar to a costume worn by Hendryx during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House on October 6, 1974.
Place used
United States, North and Central America
ensembles (costume)
Clothing and dress
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
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

Cataloging is an ongoing process and we may update this record as we conduct additional research and review. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at

Share this page