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. Continue Reading →

Fredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington, Harlem (video)

Fredi washingtonFredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington (December 23, 1903 – June 28, 1994) was an accomplished African American dramatic film actress, … Continue Reading →

Francine Everett, “The Most Beautiful Girl in Harlem,” 1940s (video)

Francine Everett, April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999, was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.

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Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1940’s

Zelda_Wynn_Valdes1The legendary Zelda Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001) was an African-American fashion designer and costumer. Continue Reading →