Legendary costume designer Ann Roth created this iconic outfit for Barbra Streisand in “The Owl And The Pussycat”(1970). When researching for this look, Ann looked for inspiration for erotic & scuzzy underwear in “Screw Magazine”. She stated that this famous hands motif look was stolen from similar Burlesque styles in 1938. Barbra’s outfit featured a “Hollywood Vasserette” temptress style bra in size 36A, with a light pink hands sewn onto it, & rhinestone embellished straps. The sheer lace torso piece snaps onto the bra & has a drawstring tie in the back. These have matching marabou pom poms & satin bows. The bottom is also trimmed with hot pink marabou. Matching sheer, lace bellbottom pants with a zipper closure layer atop of black satin & lace underwear. These were embellished with a rhinestone heart at the crotch, rhinestone trim at the waist & down each leg with two satin bows. An applique on the back reads “Doris”, & the pants are trimmed with marabou about four inches above the hem. A matching rhinestone black choker completes this look.
Ann Roth is a Oscar & Tony winning costume designer who started her career as an apprentice to Irene Sharaff. They worked together at Bucks County Playhouse in PA before Irene started to work in Hollywood. Sharaff became one of the rare costume designers in Hollywood who insisted on designing everything in her films -a technique Ms. Roth would also adopt. Roth went on to work on more than 100 films, & at 87 is currently designing costumes for “Wicked” (2021). Ann’s handprint look became the center of recent attention when a Brooklyn designer tried to sue Yoko Ono & Opening Ceremony for selling a similar design she said she created. Haleh Nematzadeh claimed that after she showed pictures of her collection to Ono’s design team, “they canceled the photo shoot,” and recycled her idea in their collection.
When Roth was told of this lawsuit she said “This girl is going to have to start suing everyone. It might be from some burlesque queen from the 1920s. Who knows?” Roth recycled the sexy hands motif in “The Nance” (2013). The original sold for $13,250.00 USD at auction in 2004.