Dress worn by Phyllis Diller on Circus of the Stars

Dress worn by Phyllis Diller on Circus of the Stars

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Phyllis Diller wore this red and blue sequined dress with feathered cuffs on Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland in 1994. During Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland Phyllis Diller performed with several large pigs, directing them to do tricks and accompanying them in a verse of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

Airing between 1977 and 1994, Circus of the Stars was an annual CBS television special that showcased celebrities performing circus acts. Phyllis Diller appeared on 3 episodes of the program—in 1983, 1985, and 1994. NMAH also has the costume she wore for Circus of the Stars in 1983 (Catalog Number 2003.0289.06).

Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1994
Physical Description
synthetic fibers (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
silk (overall material)
feathers (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
back: 34 in; 86.36 cm
shoulder: 17 in; 43.18 cm
sleeves: 22 in; 55.88 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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