Cuban Rumba Dress

Description
This is a Bata Cubana, or Cuban Rumba dress, donated to the Smithsonian by Celia Cruz, the great Cuban salsa singer in 1997. An adaptation of the traditional Cuban rumba dress, it was made in the United States by Cuban-born designer José Arteaga. The Bata Cubana has its roots in the 19th century, with origins as diverse as the multicultural makeup of the people of Cuba. It brings together influences from Spanish, French, and African culture and dress, combining theater, fiesta, and the spectacle of carnival with slave and gypsy dress. The Bata Cubana is a garment worn for performance on stage or cabaret. Celia Cruz's Bata Cubana is made of orange polyester satin, trimmed with white nylon eyelet along ruffle-edges and eyelet beading along seams with inserted orange ribbon. The Bata Cubana was Celia's preferred performance costume.
Date made
ca 1992
date made
1973-1987
designer
Arteaga, Enrique
Place Made
United States
Physical Description
red (overall color)
polyester (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 55 in x 50 in x 93 in; 139.7 cm x 127 cm x 236.22 cm
ID Number
1997.0291.01
accession number
1997.0291
Credit Line
Gift of Celia Cruz
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Exhibition
Moda y Musica
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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