Dorothy Dandridge In The Mermaid Gown, By Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1953

Dorothy Dandridge wearing the fabulous “Mermaid Gown” dress by Harlem designer to the stars Zelda Wynn Valdes. In 1948, Valdes opened her boutique, Chez Zelda, on Broadway and 158th Street, Harlem New York.

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Like Dandrige, Valdes was fashion designer to the stars like Sarah VaughnJosephine BakerJoyce BryantMarian Anderson, Nat and Marie Cole Gladys Knight, Ella Fitzgerald, Mae West.to name afew,

Valdes was commissioned by Hugh Hefner to design the first Playboy Bunny outfit and hired by Arthur Mitchell to design outfits for the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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The legendary Zelda Wynn Valdes, was an African-American fashion designer and costumer known for her sexy hip-hugging styles.

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Photo credit: Dorothy Dandridge in the mermaid gown, 1953, source. Via Harlem World Magazine

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