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The Story of The Supremes exhibition

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2110

The Supremes in 1967

The Supremes in 1967

The performance costumes of The Supremes, one of the most successful groups of all time, might not be seem a natural Socialist Worker review.

But this exhibition examines how the group was carefully styled by Motown boss Berry Gordy to appeal to the widest possible audience – and how “black and respectable” became an unwritten law of the label.

Set against the backdrop of the US civil rights movement, the exhibition explores the inspirational role The Supremes played in changing racial perceptions, as well as their influence on today’s performers.

The Story of The Supremes
Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7
until 19 October

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Wed 16 Jul 2008, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2110
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