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Supremes at the V&A Shop

April 23, 2018 - April 23, 2018   

The Story of The Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection

13 May – 19 October 2008


The performance costumes of The Supremes, one of the most successful groups of all time, will be on display at the V&A this summer. On show will be over 50 outfits that chart the changing image of the group from their dresses in the early days when they were known as The Primettes to the glamorous Hollywood designs they wore at the height of their fame. Set against the backdrop of the meteoric rise of Motown Records and the turbulence of the American civil rights movement, the display will explore the inspirational role The Supremes played in changing racial perceptions and their influence on today’s performers. The display will also include original television footage, archive photography, magazine spreads, music and album covers.

CoastersCelebrating the glamour and history of The Supremes the V&A Shop will be stocking a select range of items to accompany the display:

”˜The Story of The Supremes’ (Book) – To accompany the display V&A Publishing has produced ”˜The Story of the Supremes’. The book has an introductory essay by music journalist and Head of Catalogue at Universal Music, Daryl Easlea and includes archive images of the group throughout their career. £12.99 hardback.

Recycled-Bowl”˜The Story of The Supremes’ (CD) – A double-CD set to accompany the display, ”˜The Story of The Supremes’ CD, will be released by Universal Music Catalogue on 12 May. The collection is a comprehensive package of the group’s hits and selected album tracks compiled by MOJO contributor and soul historian Lois Wilson. Exclusive to the V&A Shop May-July 2008. £15.00.

Vintage-Record-Display”˜Reflections: The Definitive Performances 1964-1969’ (DVD) – This first ever Supremes DVD, features 16 performances by the group between the years 1964 and 1970, including ’Baby Love’, ’You Can’t Hurry Love’, and ’Stop! In The Name Of Love’. £15.00 amaray version.

Recycled Motown Coaster Packs & Bowls – Black is the new Green with these recycled coaster packs and bowls. LP Coasters are each created from an original record, which has been trimmed to frame the label with a thin ring of black vinyl. The bowls have been created using a single record moulded into a vessel form. As with any great album collection each bowl is made from a different record. Coaster Tape-Tote-Bagsets (comprising of six assorted vintage record labels) £15.00; Bowls £25.00 each.

Vintage Record Display – Hang your record collection on the wall with this innovative display case. £30.

”˜Cassette’ Tote Bag – This full colour, flexible plastic tote bag is designed to look like a vintage cassette tape. Measures 16 x 10.5 inches. £8.00 each.

Evening bags & purses – Show the glamorous side of your wardrobe off with these chain mail bags and purses. Bags are available in silver, gold or blue, £45 each. Purses are available in lime green, purple and silver, £30 each.


Notes to Editors:

Admission to The Story of The Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection is £5. The display is FREE to Under 18s. To book call 0870 906 3883 or visit www.vam.ac.uk

Contact Details

For further information about the publication ”˜The Story of The Supremes’, contact Julie Chan on 0207 942 2701 or 07747 607 822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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For further press information about the display, The Story of The Supremes from the Mary Wilson

Collection, please contact Alex Bratt in the V&A press office on 020 7942 2503 or email

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(not for publication). A selection of high-resolution images are available to download from www.image.net

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