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The sumptuous style of The Supremes

Posted on 13 Aug 2019

Revisit the looks that cemented The Supreme's status as Motown's style icon.

Image: Cindy, Diane, and Mary wear the Green Swirls gowns in 1968 for a promotional photo session for the television special T.C.B. Courtesy Mary Wilson Collection.

Motown’s most successful act became well known for their iconic stage attire. From homemade ensembles to glittering gowns, The Supremes helped to define what it meant to be glamorous in mid-century America. Take a look at some of their most sumptuous outfits, extracted here from Mary Wilson’s coffee-table memoir Supreme Glamour, and enter the glittering world of The Supremes.

Image: Florence, Diane, and Mary on tour in Paris in 1965. Courtesy Mary Wilson Collection.

Cindy, Diane, and Mary wear the Green Swirls gowns in 1968 for a promotional photo session for the television special T.C.B. Image Courtesy Mary Wilson Collection

Image: Green Swirls” 1968, designer: Michael Travis Material. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: “The Turquoise Freeze” (detail) 1968, designer: Michael Travis Material. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: Cindy, Mary, and Diane perform at a live performance in 1968. Courtesy Mary Wilson Collection.

image: “LaVetta Delight” 1968, designer: LaVetta of Beverly Hills. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: “Goldie” 1968, Bought from a store on Hollywood Boulevard. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: “Black Butterfly” (close-up) 1969, designer: Bob Mackie Material. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: “White Rain” (detail + full gown) 1971, designer: Michael Nicola Material. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: “White Rain” (detail + full gown) 1971, designer: Michael Nicola Material. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Image: “Crème de Menthe” 1974, designer: Pat Campano/Richard Eckert. From the Mary Wilson Collection, photographed by Dan Gottesman at the GRAMMY Museum®, Los Angeles.

Wearing the Michael Travis ‘Butterfly’ gowns on NBC in 1968. Courtesy Mary Wilson Collection.

Image: The Supremes perform “I’m Losing You” as part of a medley of hits with The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan Show in November 1967. Courtesy Mary Wilson Collection.

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