In partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, this exhibition is presented as part of the museum’s extensive exhibition featuring more than 70 gowns, jewelry, music, album covers, photographs, and rarely seen video footage of the Supremes – world renowned for their music, their fashion, and their impact on American culture.
In 1961, three young women who lived in the same Detroit housing project – Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson – became the original members of one of the world’s most successful and popular vocal groups of the 1960s and ‘70s, the Supremes. Signed by Motown Records, the trio was known for its talent, fashion, and sense of style. Mary Wilson, who performed with the Supremes the longest, believes that their singing abilities and unique glamour combined helped their meteoric rise to super stardom.
Once they had their first Top 40 hit, When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes, in 1963, the group was on its way to worldwide fame. Just a few months later, the Supremes had their first number one hit with Where Did Our Love Go? And in 1964 and 1965, 4 more songs hit number one – Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, Come See About Me, and Back in My Arms Again – making them the only group to have 5 consecutive number one hits.
Today, the Supremes list of hits are significant and their songs forever nostalgic and universally loved. The Supremes are not only remembered for their contributions to soul and popular music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. They are also recognized for their impact as glamorous, talented, female African American performers who are credited with using fashion and their unforgettable style to appeal to people of all ethnicities and change negative racial perceptions at the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement.
Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia to see more fascinating gowns and music memorabilia from Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection on view through June 2013.