Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Black Fashion’s Fairy Godmother

Zelda Wynn Valdes

June 28, 1905

Jun September 26, 2001

Fashion designer and costumer

What Makes Her Bitchin’:
A designer and costumer, Zelda created the original Playboy Bunny outfits and costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem. Among her superstar clientele were entertainers like Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, and Joyce Bryant. Reflecting on her decades of success, Zelda summed up her career thusly, “I just had a God-given talent for making people beautiful.”

Betcha’ Didn’t Know:
Zelda became the first African-American to own a store on Broadway in New York City when she opened her boutique, "Chez Zelda," in 1948.

For more about black fashion’s fairy godmother, check-out :

Fashionable Game-Changer: Zelda Wynn Valdes

Zelda Wynn Valdes: Black Fashion Designer Who Created The Playboy Bunny Outfit

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