Harlem’s Valdes was one of the preeminent fashion designers around Harlem and around the world. She opened her boutique in 1948, named Chez Zelda, on Broadway and 158th Street, Harlem New York (as of this writing we do not have the exact location of the business).
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Valdes was known for her sexy hip-hugging styles. This can be seen as Dandrige poses in these four dresses. Valdes was a star, she was a fashion designer to the stars like Sarah Vaughn, Josephine Baker, Joyce Bryant, Marian Anderson, Nat, and Marie Cole Gladys Knight, Ella Fitzgerald, Mae West to name a few.
The legendary Zelda Wynn Valdes was a Harlem fashion designer and known for her sexy hip-hugging styles who laid the groundwork for Dapper Dan and B. Micheals.