The Belle Of 14th Street “Miranda” Costume By Fred Voelpel

This flowing silk crepon costume was worn by Barbra Streisand in “A Taste Of The Tempest” portion of “The Belle Of 14th Street” (1967). The costume features colorful layers of crepes over a silk yellow lining. It was fully open in the back with hook and eye closure allowing for Barbra’s quick change moment from characters Ariel to Miranda. Dressers can be seen on camera assisting her to get into this dress and matching braided hairpiece.

This piece was constructed by Brooks-Van Horn and designed by Fred Voelpel. Voelpel was originally from Illinois & served in the US Army & Naval Reserve prior to designing. He went on to work as a scenic, costume and lighting designer for many Broadway productions from the 60’s -1981. He also taught at NYU 32 years. He is now retired at 92 years old and resides in CT. This dress sold at auction in 2004 for $3,200 USD. 

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