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The Story of the Supremes - V&A

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE STORY of the Supremes, an exhibition of performance costumes worn by one of the most successful groups of the sixties, will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum – from May 13 to October 19, 2008.

The display will show the changing image of The Supremes from the early days when they were known as The Primettes to the glamorous Hollywood designs they wore at the height of their fame. It will also look at their continuing stylistic influence on performers such as Beyoncé.

The display will include dresses worn by Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard for live performances, television appearances and on album covers. Original television footage, photographs and magazine spreads will examine The Supremes as the stars of Motown Records whose highly visible success story helped change racial perceptions during the time of the American Civil Rights movement.

In their day, The Supremes were second only to The Beatles in chart success and sales, with hits such as Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love and You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

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