Barbra Streisand wears a lace shift dress by B and S Studio in her November 30th, 2020 spread for T, The New York Times Style Magazine. This interview by James B. Stewart took place at Barbra’s Malibu home and gives us an in depth look at Barbra’s love for collecting art, trading stocks and her life as an actor and singer.
This photo was taken by Collier Schorr in Barbra’s antique clothes shop and features Barbra posed on her chaise. In 2010’s My Passion For Design Barbra mentions “I found the chaise while I was antiquing in the Loire Valley in between shows for my European concert tour and had it recovered in lavender velvet.” Just behind Barbra we see a peek of her Bob Mackie/Ray Aghayan cape (famously worn to the Royal Film Performance of “Funny Lady” on March 17, 1975) as well as her iconic purple silk Irene Sharaff Hello, Dolly! gown.
In this look, styled by Mell Ottenberg, Barbra wears a black Point d’esprit lace shift dress with a lush satin underlayer by B and S Studio. This was acquired from Church Boutique in West Hollywood where Barbra also found her 2019 Chanel Oscars gown. She owns multiple pieces from B and S Studio which she found at this boutique, including two worn backstage in 2019 and the fringe lace shawl featured on the cover of her 2018 album “Walls.”
Layered over this is a sleek tuxedo jacket with a satin notched lapel. Accessorizing this look is a lace bowler hat with a delicate birdcage veil and deep-wine band featuring satin molded rosettes. This is likely one of the many antique hats that Barbra has collected throughout the years. The Bowler hat is a style developed in the early 19th century so that wearers could custom shape the hat themselves rather than it being pre-blocked. Barbra also wears a pair of fingerless lace gloves which appear to be elbow length and rolled down below the tuxedo sleeve. For fans who saw Barbra’s 2019 concert, this look is reminiscent of the photos flashed in the backdrop video of Barbra in her test shots as “Mama Rose.”