The film Copacabana (1947) showed the Brazilian performer Carmen Miranda in new roles and established her as a fashion icon.
"A Scena Muda"
A 1947 review of the magazine "A Scena Muda" commented that "the great novelty of Copacabana is a blonde Carmen Miranda, the rest is more or less the usual: tall hairstyles, spectacular costumes, stylized 'baianas', skyscraper shoes and Carmen's body, getting better and better. It is worthy saying it!"
P&B. United Artists.
Directed by Alfred Green.
Character Mademoiselle Fifi.
To Make a Hit With Fifi
Carmen's performance as Mademoiselle Fifi.
Long dress of Madame Fifi's character
Long dress with tail worn by Carmen Miranda. Long sleeves and shoulders. In beige crepe covered by a black crochet net embroidered with green and red sequins and metallic beads. Waist-to-beam opening, with black tulle frill. Sleeves with metal snap fasteners. Zipper closure at the back.
Tico-Tico no Fubá
Costume by Barjansky, with suggestions of Carmen Miranda. This garment is considered the last laced 'baiana' created in Hollywood studios and the first of a series for international concerts and tours.
Baiana' Skirt worn at the show of Carmen Miranda in Las Vegas
Skirt in golden lame with waistband worn by Carmen Miranda. Skirt with embroidered ornaments in gold sequins and fruit applications in satin and velvet of various colors, embroidered with round sequins and in eye shape, stones and rhinestones. Waistband in beige tulle filled with rhinestone embroidery and sequins forming lozenges. Zipper closure and bracket on the back.
Top with silver, pink, yellow and green sequins
Bustier in bra shape worn by Carmen Miranda, heart neckline. Bulges structured with circular ring. Black fabric printed around the bulge and sides. Embroidered with silver, pink, yellow and green sequins covering most of the piece. In the lining, cotton mesh on the sides. At the top of the bumpers, metal hooks. Metal clasp sewn on side bands.
Matting type golden bracelet
Bracelet matting type in gold metal used by Carmen Miranda. Formed by four plates, cast in floral motifs, joined by rosettes enamelled with red metal. In the center of each plate is a medallion formed by a light green cabochon surrounded by a row of blue rhinestones and one of small pearls. Plate with application of red and green stones, pearls and small points of red and white enamelling forming flowers. Snap-on clasp and thief handle.
Choker formed by five plates and thin lateral chains in gold metal, used by Carmen Miranda. Plates in the form of Greek cross, leaked and laced with floral motifs and enameled details in red and white. Application of green and red rhinestones and pearly beads. In the center, a medallion formed by a light green cabochon surrounded by a row of blue rhinestones and pearly beads. Fitting closure with floral motifs.
Necklace formed by fifteen plates and thin chains lateral in gold metal used by Carmen Miranda. Plates in the form of Greek cross, hollow and laced with floral motifs and enameled details in red and white. Application of green and red rhinestones and pearly beads. In the center, a medallion formed by a light green cabochon surrounded by a row of blue rhinestones and pearly beads.
Let's Do The Copacabana
This costume weights around 20 kilos. The skirt has more than 1000 fringes of beads, the turban and the platform shoes are made of acrylic. Carmen can show a totally different 'baiana,' sensual and graceful, even though very heavy.
Acrylic crystal's blouse
Blouse in bustier format with shoulder pads worn by Carmen Miranda. Bustier in bow-shaped bra with rounded rim and embroidered with transparent beads. Passing over the bust to the shoulders, structured support embroidered with beads, stones, sequins, transparent beads forming designs of scrolls and rhinestones transparent in the outline. Gray satin lining. Stuck in support, from the bust to the neck, woven in voile, front and back. Embroidery of transparent stones, near the neck, forming a kind of necklace. Metal latches on the back.
Carmen Miranda's Museum
Anita Mantuano Arts Foundation of State of Rio de Janeiro/ Rio de Janeiro State Department of Culture
Raphael Hallack Fabrino