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1985

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2020

2021

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Sketchbook, Cotton Club Gala Costume Designs, 1985

This is a Sketchbook. It was designed by Willi Smith.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Mark Bozek as part of Willi Smith: Street Couture.

It is dated 1985. Its medium is pen and ink, collage, fabric swatches on paper. It is a part of the department.


Smith’s sketchbook is opened to a spread of costume design drawings for The Original Cotton Club-Gala presented by La MaMa Experimental Theater and WilliWear Ltd. in 1985. Smith’s designs for the costumes were inspired by his travels in Senegal and the costumes Black American entertainers wore when performing at the original Cotton Club in Harlem from 1923–1940.

It is credited Courtesy of Mark Bozek.

Its dimensions are

Open: H x W: 27.9 × 44.5 cm (11 in. × 17 1/2 in.)

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