Dorothy Jean Dandridge — American actress and popular singer, and was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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A lost photo of Dorothy Dandridge from the early 1940s.

A lost photo of Dorothy Dandridge from the early 1940s.

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Best Actress nominee Dorothy Dandridge arriving at the March 1955 Academy Awards ceremony. Although Grace Kelly took home the golden statue, it was a historic night for Ms. Dandridge as she was the first black actress to ever be nominated in the category of Best Actress.

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Best Actress nominee Dorothy Dandridge arriving at the March 1955 Academy Awards ceremony. Although Grace Kelly took home the golden statue, it was a historic night for Ms. Dandridge as she was the first black actress to ever be nominated in the category of Best Actress.

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30. Dorothy Dandridge (The Movie Star)
Dorothy Dandridge was a woman before her time. Though her life was cut tragically short, her legacy and impact has been felt by millions of women who have adopted her grace, style, and swag. Icons like Halle Berry, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston all have attributed their style and their glamour to Ms. Dandridge. An angel on the screen and stage, Dorothy rocked the red carpet and the movie screen like no one else and since she left us, no one has been able to encapsulate her raw beauty and effortless luxurious fashion.

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30. Dorothy Dandridge (The Movie Star)

Dorothy Dandridge was a woman before her time. Though her life was cut tragically short, her legacy and impact has been felt by millions of women who have adopted her grace, style, and swag. Icons like Halle Berry, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston all have attributed their style and their glamour to Ms. Dandridge. An angel on the screen and stage, Dorothy rocked the red carpet and the movie screen like no one else and since she left us, no one has been able to encapsulate her raw beauty and effortless luxurious fashion.

Dorothy Dandridge being fitted for a gown by designer, Zelda Wynn Valdes in a photo from a 1954 issue of Hue. Ms. Valdes designed for Josephine Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Maria Cole (Mrs. Nat and Natalie Cole’s mother) and other celebs of the day before capping off her career by designing costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem.  I encourage you to pick up Threads of Time, The Fabric of History: Profiles of African American Dressmakers and Designers, 1850 to the Present by Rosemary E. Reed Miller for more information.

Dorothy Dandridge being fitted for a gown by designer, Zelda Wynn Valdes in a photo from a 1954 issue of Hue. Ms. Valdes designed for Josephine Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Maria Cole (Mrs. Nat and Natalie Cole’s mother) and other celebs of the day before capping off her career by designing costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem.  I encourage you to pick up Threads of Time, The Fabric of History: Profiles of African American Dressmakers and Designers, 1850 to the Present by Rosemary E. Reed Miller for more information.


Zelda Wynn Valdes. (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001)
(photo: Dorothy Dandridge in a dress designed by Zelda Wynn Valdes)
There’s not much information on Valdes but in the fashion industry, Valdes is considered a legend. She was the first African-American Fashion designer to open up her own shop on Broadway in 1948. Valdes outfitted many stars such as Joyce Bryant, Josephine Baker, Gladys Knight,  Sarah Vaughn, Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. Valdes later opened a store called “Chez Zelda”on 56th street. Zelda Wynn Valdes iscredited for designing the first Playboy Bunny uniforms  as well as the uniforms for the Dance Theater of Harlem.  Zelda Wynn Valdes also helped creat the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers

Zelda Wynn Valdes. (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001)

(photo: Dorothy Dandridge in a dress designed by Zelda Wynn Valdes)

There’s not much information on Valdes but in the fashion industry, Valdes is considered a legend. She was the first African-American Fashion designer to open up her own shop on Broadway in 1948. Valdes outfitted many stars such as Joyce Bryant, Josephine Baker, Gladys Knight,  Sarah Vaughn, Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. Valdes later opened a store called “Chez Zelda”on 56th street. Zelda Wynn Valdes iscredited for designing the first Playboy Bunny uniforms  as well as the uniforms for the Dance Theater of Harlem.  Zelda Wynn Valdes also helped creat the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers