"Gypsy" Robe

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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.
Currently not on view
Musical Theater
National Museum of American History
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 60 in x 45 in x 12 in; 152.4 cm x 114.3 cm x 30.48 cm
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United States: New York
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