Dress worn by Phyllis Diller


This yellow and brown full-length dress with white and orange daisy print was worn by Phyllis Diller. Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: HumorComedians


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Credit Line: Gift of Phyllis Diller

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0289.04Accession Number: 2003.0289Catalog Number: 2003.0289.04

Object Name: Dress

Physical Description: synthetic fibers (overall material)nylon (overall material)silk (overall material)Measurements: back: 47 in; 119.38 cmshoulder: 13 in; 33.02 cmsleeves: 16 in; 40.64 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-115f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1218395

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