"Gypsy" Robe

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Description
The gypsy robe is a symbol of good luck among Broadway chorus members, who call themselves "gypsies" because of the transient nature of their work. The opening night ceremony of passing a decorated dressing gown to a selected chorus member began in 1950 with a dancer named Bill Bradley. A gypsy robe is made of muslin, and bears designs representing the musical of each chorus member who receives it. When one robe is covered with decorations, it is retired and a new one is created. This robe reflects musicals produced on Broadway between 1995 and 1997.
Location
Currently not on view
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1995-1997
ID Number
2001.0129.01
accession number
2001.0129
catalog number
2001.0129.01
subject
Musical Theater
Place Made
United States: New York
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 60 in x 45 in x 12 in; 152.4 cm x 114.3 cm x 30.48 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
robe