“Senator Copper of Tonapah Ditch
Made a clean billion in minin’ and sich,
Hiked for Noo York, where his money he blew
Buildin’ a palace on Fift’ Avenoo
“How,” sez the Senator, “can I look the proudest?
Build me a house that’ll holler the loudest—”
Forty-eight architects came to consult,
Drawin’ up plans for a splendid result;
If the old Senator wanted to pay,
They’d give ‘im Art with a capital A.
Doors cut up in scallops, resemblin’ a shell;
Roof wuz Egyptian,
Whole grand effect, when completed, wuz—hell.”
Zelda Wynn Valdes was the first black female fashion designer to own her own boutique. Her famous, figure hugging silhouette was worn by stars such as Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Maria Cole, Edna Robinson and later superstars like Gladys Knight and opera diva Jessye Norman. She also designed dresses for legendary figures like Marlene Dietrich and Mae West.
Valdes came up with the costume for the Playboy Bunny which remains the same to this day.