Dorothy Dandridge being fitted for a gown by designer, Zelda Wynn Valdes in a photo from a 1954 issue of Hue. Ms. Valdes designed for Josephine Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Maria Cole (Mrs. Nat and Natalie Cole’s mother) and other celebs of the day before capping off her career by designing costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem.  I encourage you to pick up Threads of Time, The Fabric of History: Profiles of African American Dressmakers and Designers, 1850 to the Present by Rosemary E. Reed Miller for more information.

Dorothy Dandridge being fitted for a gown by designer, Zelda Wynn Valdes in a photo from a 1954 issue of Hue. Ms. Valdes designed for Josephine Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Maria Cole (Mrs. Nat and Natalie Cole’s mother) and other celebs of the day before capping off her career by designing costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem.  I encourage you to pick up Threads of Time, The Fabric of History: Profiles of African American Dressmakers and Designers, 1850 to the Present by Rosemary E. Reed Miller for more information.


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