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Ensemble associated with Marian Anderson's 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert

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National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
The skirt and the decorative trim on the orange jacket were worn by Marian Anderson in 1939 when she sang at the Lincoln Memorial. In 1993, with Anderson’s permission, the original velvet jacket was remade using silk fabric.
This is a virtual record for the orange tailored silk shantung jacket and black velvet skirt worn by Marian Anderson at her Lincoln Memorial Concert in 1939.
Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Marian Anderson, American, 1897 - 1993
Date
1939; modified 1993
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ginette DePreist in memory of James DePreist
Medium
Jacket: silk, metal, thread, sequin;
Skirt: nylon velveteen, tulle, metal, cloth
Dimensions
Jacket on form: 26 × 23 × 19 in. (66 × 58.4 × 48.3 cm)
Skirt on form: 44 × 36 × 38 in. (111.8 × 91.4 × 96.5 cm)
Type
jackets
skirts
Topic
African American
Civil Rights
Classical (Music)
Clothing and dress
Fashion
Local and regional
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Place used
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Object number
2014.27.2