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Supreme Glamour

Mary Wilson, Mark Bego

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Marrying sumptuous fashion with insightful biography, Supreme Glamour charts the glittering story of Motown’s most successful act and original pop fashionistas

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With the assistance of her close friend Mark Bego, founding member Mary Wilson tells the complete story of The Supremes, both on- and off-stage, from their beginnings as The Primettes in June 1959 to their 1964 breakthrough Motown hit, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, and from the departure of Diana Ross to the group’s comeback in the mid-1970s. Packed with personal ancedotes and reflections from Mary herself, the text is accompanied by rare archive photography and ephemera, much taken from Mary’s personal collection.

The Supremes have always been synonymous with glamorous, elegant co-ordinated costumes. Supreme Glamour complements and extends their inspiring story by interleaving text sections with the cream of Mary Wilson’s unparalleled collection of Supremes outfits, showcasing thirty-five of the most eye-catching ensembles, painstakingly re-assembled and photographed on the Grammy museum stage. Detailed captions accompany each photograph, providing all the key information about the design, the fabric, the embellishments, and the occasion on which each was first worn. Contemporary photos of The Supremes wearing the outfits bring the costumes to life.

This sumptuous volume builds a complete picture of the charm and sophistication of The Supremes. Supreme Glamour is sure to appeal to fashionistas, Supremes enthusiasts, Mary’s numerous fans and visitors to her frequent exhibitions of the Mary Wilson/Supremes Gown Collection.

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Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 30.5 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 338

Publication date: 15 August 2019

ISBN: 9780500022009

Contents List

Foreword by Whoopi Goldberg • Introduction by Mary Wilson • Dreamgirls to fashionistas 1959–1965 • The Supremes Gowns From the Mary Wilson Collection • Hit-makers to ‘new’ Supremes 1966–1977 • Gowns in print • The mentors/designers • Gowns on vinyl • Discography

About the Author

Mary Wilson – the ‘supreme Supreme’ – was an American singer and concert performer best known as a founding member of the Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and the best-charting female group in U.S. history, as well as one of the all-time best-selling girl groups in the world.

Mark Bego has written sixty-two books, two of which have been New York Times best-sellers.

List of Contributors

Whoopi Goldberg