Dress Code: Baby Love

Go Ga ga for the Supremes’ gowns at EMP starting June 11

By Laura Cassidy June 7, 2010


I wonder what the Supreme’s Mary Wilson thinks of Lady Gaga?

Back in the day, Wilson, Diana Ross, and Florence Ballard set the tone with their glitzy, glammy, but decidedly more … approachable stage gowns. Designers like Bob Mackie created the group’s stunningly dramatic looks; the sparkling, sequined, liquid-like sheaths were every bit as important as lines like "love don’t come easy/it’s a game of give and take" when it came to the girl group’s success.

Opening Friday June 11at EMP, Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection features some of the ladies’ most recognizable fashion and memorabilia dating from 1969 to 1977.

The gowns have traveled the world but this will be their first trip to the West Coast. Those of you interested in the connections between performance and glamor, music and fashion, and pop culture and everyday dress – not to mention halter necklines, slit skirts, and long gloves – better slip into something shiny and be there on opening night.

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