In 1949, Hugh Hefner Commissions Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes To Design The Playboy Bunny Custome

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The legendary Harlemite Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), was an African-American fashion designer and costumer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny custome. Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Jimmy Cobb Birthday Celebration At Smoke

jimmycobb1Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. The New York Times called his most recent recording on Smoke Sessions Records, The Original Mob, his best album in recent memory” and “a cogent argument against obsolescence.” Continue Reading →

The Jimmy Cobb Miles Davis Celebration & Record Release At Smoke

jimmycobb1Wow, Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. He is probably most famous as the drummer on Miles Davis’ classic Kind of Blue and his band will celebrate the iconic trumpeters May 26th birthday over these two nights, as well as the release of Jimmy’s new record on Smoke Sessions, The Original Mob. Continue Reading →