Yesterday after presenting one of the most fabulous diabetes outreach events ever! (“Love On A Two Way Street’ at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA) I went to see the ‘Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection’ exhibit at the African American Museum.
I was dying to check out this “DIV” exhibit since it inspired me to incorporate the music of the Supremes as well as the Temptations during my presentation. I wanted to take a light-hearted approach to illustrating how differently men and women view ‘sex’ and ‘love.’ For example, the Supremes sang songs like ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ while the Temptations chose to harmonize on tunes like ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.’ It’s pretty funny when you think about it.
The brainchild of Wilson, Come See About Me features a collection of over 30 of the group’s stunning gowns, rarely seen video footage, gold records and album covers, historic photographs, and so much more.
I must admit the gowns were diva-licious!!
“We went overboard in the glamour department,” laughed Mary Wilson. “We embodied all the best of dressing up. We dressed up like royalty.” The gowns, which are the highlight of the exhibit, were key to The Supremes’ iconic image, synonymous with glamour, success, and sophistication. It was a style that called out to young fashionistas and aspiring designers, flaunting decoration without gaudiness.
“The exhibit brings to mind three little black girls who dared to dream,” stated Mary Wilson glowing with pride. The exhibit features the 30-pound gowns they wore the night they performed for the Royal Family, now called the “Queen Mother” gowns. Soft pink, with beads circling the high neckline to the shoulders, and jewels woven into the silhouetted frame from top to bottom, no photo can do them justice. To say the exhibit is about a girl group is a gross oversimplification. The Supremes have been woven into the history of 1960’s culture — with gilt thread and rhinestones.
In addition to the fabulous fashions, Come See About Me chronicles Wilson’s own story of self-actualization and determination – two universal themes that resonate with audiences from any generation, right?
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