Women in Black History


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Zelda Wynn Valdes, Fashion Designer/ Costumer

American fashion designer and costumer. In 1948, she opened her own shop on Broadway in New York City which was the first in the area to be owned by an African American. Some of her clients included other notable black women of her era, including Dorothy Dandridge and Marian Anderson. She is also most famous for designing the original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

“I just had a God-given talent for making people beautiful”