Ensemble worn by Phyllis Diller

Ensemble worn by Phyllis Diller

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This ensemble, including the A-line metallic yellow, brown, and silver dress with yellow gloves, yellow and gold shoe boots, and a cigarette holder with a wooden cigarette, was worn by comedian Phyllis Diller. While Diller’s signature prop was a cigarette holder, it only ever held a wooden prop cigarette; she was a lifelong non-smoker.

Phyllis Diller is wearing this costume in an image featured on postcards that she gave out to fans when she was traveling. Diller did not sign these postcards, but on the postcards was printed, in her handwriting, “Best Wishes Phyllis Diller.”

Physical Description
silk (overall material)
synthetic fibers (overall material)
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glass (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
leather (overall material)
elastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
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overall (dress): 31 1/2 in x 6 in; 80.01 cm x 15.24 cm
overall (gloves): 8 in x 3 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 8.89 cm
overall (shoe boots): 6 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 17.145 cm x 23.495 cm x 6.985 cm
overall (cigarette holder): 9 3/8 in x 1/4 in; 23.8125 cm x .635 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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