Object of the Day

Lena Horne's Green Velvet Dress from "Stormy Weather"

November 16

This green velvet dress, designed by Helen Rose, was worn by Lena Horne in the film Stormy Weather (1943). The dress has a gathered waist, buckle-back, and ermine collar. It was worn by Horne as "Selina Rogers" in the dressing-room scene with actor Bill Robinson.

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Green velvet dress worn by Lena Horne in the film Stormy Weather

Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
A green velvet dress worn by Lena Horne in the film Stormy Weather (1943). The dress has a gathered waist, buckle-back, and ermine collar. It was worn by Horne as "Selina Rogers" in the dressing-room scene with actor Bill Robinson.
Designed by
Helen Rose, American, 1904 - 1985
Worn by
Lena Horne, American, 1917 - 2010
Date
1943
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
velvet with metal and fur
Dimensions
H x W: 53 x 24 in. (134.6 x 61 cm)
Type
dresses
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition
Taking the Stage
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Object number
2011.90
Topic
African American
Actors
Clothing and dress
Film
Women
Restrictions & Rights
No known copyright restrictions