Supreme glamour

Mary Wilson, 1944-

Book - 2019

Supreme Glamour builds a complete picture of the charm and sophistication of The Supremes. With the assistance of her close personal friend Mark Bego, founding member Mary Wilson tells the complete story of the band, both on- and off-stage, from their beginnings as The Primettes in June 1959 to their 1964 breakthrough Motown hit, Ẁhere Did Our Love Go', and from the departure of Diana Ross to the group's comeback in the mid-1970s. Bego's insightful narrative text is packed with ...personal ancedotes and reflections from Mary herself, and accompanied by rare archive photography and ephemera, much of which is taken from Mary's personal collection. As Motown's leading 1960s act, The Supremes have always been synonymous with glamorous, elegant co-ordinated costumes. Supreme Glamour complements and extends their inspiring story by interleaving text sections with the cream of Mary Wilson's unparalleled collection of Supremes outfits, showcasing thirty-five of the most eye-catching ensembles, painstakingly re-assembled and photographed on the Grammy museum stage. Detailed captions accompany each photograph, providing all the key information about the design, the fabric, the embellishments, and the occasion on which each was first worn. Contemporary photos of The Supremes wearing the outfits bring the costumes to life.

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London, United Kingdom : [Los Angeles, CA] : Thames and Hudson 2019.
Physical Description
239 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
Includes discography (pages 236-237) and index.
Main Author
Mary Wilson, 1944- (author)
Corporate Author
GRAMMY Museum (-)
Other Authors
Mark Bego (author), Whoopi Goldberg, 1955- (writer of foreword)
  • Foreword / by Whoopi Goldberg
  • Intro: Dreams do come true / Mary Wilson
  • i. Dreamgirls to fashionistas, 1959-1965
  • ii. The Supremes gowns: from the Mary Wilson Collection
  • iii. Hit-makers to pop legends, 1966-1977
  • Gowns in print
  • The mentors
  • The designers
  • Gowns on vinyl.
Review by Booklist Reviews

The Supremes were as known for their fashion as they were for their sound. Founding member Wilson showcases 32 gowns from her collection, bookended by chapters written by Wilson and music biographer Bego detailing the group's formation in 1950s Detroit to their final performance in 1977, including archival photos of the Supremes onstage, in photo shoots, and behind the scenes. Music fans will enjoy Wilson's insider perspective on Motown and the interactions between the group's fluctuating members, while those with an interest in fashion will be dazzled by the glossy, full-color photos of the gowns. Captions include the designer name and descriptions of the material and embellishments, as well as when, where, and by whom the dress was worn. Some original designer sketches are also included, as are lists of the gowns' appearances in print and on album covers, biographies of mentors and fashion designers, and a discography. A foreword by Whoopi Goldberg provides additional perspective on the Supremes' influence on a generation of Black women. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Wilson, one of the original members of the Supremes, shares her collection of some of the lavish costumes she flaunted throughout the 1960s and '70's. The 32 pieces exhibit evolving fashion trends, from simple beginnings with matte jersey dresses worn in 1964 to promote the Supremes' first Billboard #1 hit "Where Did Our Love Go" to fully sequined gowns worn during one of their several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Wilson shares dozens of photos that illustrate the Supremes' changing looks that paralleled the group's rise to fame, starting from the girls' humble beginnings as Detroit high schoolers performing in homemade dresses as the Primettes. Wilson shares fun anecdotes as the Supremes gained popularity: when the group performed at the Copacabana for the first time, Wilson recalls that the blue satin dresses with flower appliqués "looked great initially," but on stage, "the huge flowers appeared gaudy," and the feathers "constantly poked and tickled" the girls throughout the show. Later, in the '70s, while Wilson faced heartbreak as the sole original member left in the Supremes, she embraced Afro hairstyles in celebration of black pride and new disco fashions, such as fringed pantsuits. Both entertaining and aesthetically pleasing, this book will appeal to Supremes fans and vintage fashion enthusiasts alike. (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Wilson, one of the founding members of the group, and Bego, an author of books on rock & roll and show business, provides photos and images of gowns worn by the Supremes, along with description of the group's career and accomplishments. The book includes photos of 35 gowns and ensembles from the Mary Wilson collection photographed at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, with information on their material, embellishments, notable appearances, and designers, as well as images of gowns in print and on album covers. Annotation ©2019 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Sumptuously illustrated, engaging, and insightful, Mary Wilson’s book charts the glittering story of The Supremes, as it showcases their glamorous and iconic ensembles.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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