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    Two Swing Costumes Worn by Edie Adams. We know Edie as an outstanding stage and screen performer, however she was also a gifted clothing designer as a result of her early years under her grandmother's tutelage and formal training at the Traphagen School of Fashion Design. It is not surprising that some suggest she was the originator of Twist clothing. The story goes that Edie, in need of an outfit to wear to a party, took Ernie's sweatsuit, bought yards of black fringe and sewed it in rows to the knit jersey. The outfit was a hit, Edie twisted into the night, and within the week boutiques carried copies of her creation. Here we present two of Edie's swing creations, the first reminiscent of her original 1963 design, a black knit top and slacks, each piece covered with rows of silky six-inch fringe, so fine it swished with the slightest movement. Significantly weighty at nearly ten pounds, the second pant suit sparkles, long bell sleeved top and bellbottom slacks in a knit gold lamé, with 3.5" gold beaded trim. Apparently the flannel lined top wasn't long enough, so four inches of unlined lame and an extra row of fringe was added. The black set is in Very Fine condition and the circa 1970s gold in Fine condition with minor loss to the fringe, some pulls to the fabric around the extra large zipper used for her stage costumes and pilling to the flannel lining. Included with this lot are photo matches of both outfits, one a magazine illustration showing the star and designer twisting "into wee hours at a party marking her Las Vegas closing." Accompanied by a hardcover copy of Edie Adams' autobiography, Sing a Pretty Song. From the Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams Estate Archive.


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    November, 2009
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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