Monday’s Muse—Zelda Wynn Valdes

Hola peeps!  We continue to celebrate Black History Month with today’s muse—Zelda Wynn Valdes.  She was a famed fashion designer and costumer.  In 1948 she opened a shop on Broadway (NYC) which was the first in the area to be black owned.  She designed gowns for Dorothy Dandridge, created the first Playboy Costumes and dressed the Dance Theatre of Harlem; that is only a tip of the iceberg of Valdes’ clients.

Here Ms. Valdes is fitting Dorothy Dandridge.

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Zelda Wynn Valdes

This was her life’s work and she loved every minute of it up to her death at the age of 96 in 2001.  What a great legacy she left behind!  Don’t you agree?



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