Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Women's History Month Moment: Zelda Wynn Valdes

 "I just had a God-given talent for making people beautiful" -Zelda Wynn Valdes  
(June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001) 

Well in honor of Women's History Month, (which I won't  lie I didn't know was happening until yesterday lol and I'm slightly ashamed being a woman myself)  I've decided to dedicate every Wednesday this month to an amazing woman of fashion!
Being a Black American Woman, I constantly try and seek out women of color who were ground breaking in the fashion industry. While there were many, unfortunately Ive usually never heard of them so this is an opportunity to educate myself as well as any of you out there in the world reading this who may want a little more knowledge!

So! First up is the amazing Zelda Wynn Valdes! 
An African American fashion designer and costumer  best known for her stunning designs that accentuated every curve of some of  Hollywood's finest in the 40s and 50s (2  of my favorite fashion eras!!) including Dorothy Dandridge, Joyce Bryant, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt and Mae West. (to name a few) Even with designing of some of hollywoods' finest, her biggest claims to fame were designing the infamous Playboy Bunny costumes and being the 1st African American Woman to open a boutique on Broadway, "Chez Zelda". 

Ms. Zelda continued to make strides designing for the Dance Theatre of Harlem until her retirement after 18 years at the age of 83.

Zelda and Eartha Kitt

Dorothy Dandridge and Z.W.V.

Infamous Playboy Bunny Costume 

Ella Fitzgerald  in a Z.W.V original

 Joyce Bryant in a Z.W.V original 

*All images courtesy of Google


  1. Love this page! I have 2 cousins and 1 niece who are in the fashion industry! I will share this. Wonderful to know about the past!


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