Why should we LOVE sharing this phenomenal part of history, because this woman’s fashion passion & curve-hugging creations were worn & loved by a host of Hollywood’s biggest starlets, celebrity darlings, Playboy Bunnies and dainty ballerinas made her a LEGACY and I LOVE IT!!
Zelda Wynn Valdes was born on June 28, 1905 and passed away on September 26, 2001. She was an African-American fashion designer and costumer who opened & own the first shop on Broadway in New York City called “Chez Zelda” in 1948. It was the first in the area to be owned by an African-American. Some of her clients included other notable black women of her era, including Dorothy Dandridge and Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Maria Cole, Edna Robinson, and Mae West.
She garnered the attention of Hugh Hefner who commissioned her to create the first ever Playboy Bunny costume. She is most famous for designing the iconic and original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies and the Dance Theater of Harlem.
In 1949, she became president of the New York chapter of NAFAD, the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers, an organization of Black designers founded by Mary McLeod Bethune. In 1970, Arthur Mitchell brought her on as head costume designer the newly established Dance Theater of Harlem.
“I just had a God-given talent for making people beautiful,” said Zelda Wynn Valdes during a 1994 interview with The New York Times. Zelda Wynn Valdes.
Zelda Wynn Valdes is an Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Designer, Creator, Artist and a FASHION LEGEND and I love that I know women like YOU! Good businesswoman who possesses positive qualities that help them propel to success…..I LOVE IT!
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