| This dress was worn by “Louise Jefferson” portrayed by actor Isabel Sanford from the television sitcom “The Jeffersons”. The royal blue maxi dress is worn underneath a baby blue chiffon sheer gown with exquisite silver stud detailing.
Ms. Sanford wore this dress in Season 8 Episode 11 “A Charmed Life”, when "George" is not invited to an exclusive social-climber party because the host hates his “George’s” guts. Ashamed, “George” hires an expert to give him charm classes to become more personable in social settings. Wanting to practice his new social skills, “George’ and "Louise" put on their best outfits to entertain a special guest at their apartment. Throughout the evening, he lays the charm on too thick leaving a bad impression on his guest.
“The Jeffersons” was an American sitcom broadcasted on CBS and was a spin-off of from the sitcom “All in the Family”. The Jefferson’s “moved on up” to the upper east side of Manhattan and began living as an affluent black family. The series ran for eleven seasons with a total two hundred fifty three episodes, making “The Jeffersons” one of the longest running sitcoms in US history. Also noted for its controversial topics including racism, suicide, and gun control, which was taboo for syndicated television in the 1970’s. The show was nominated for 13 Emmy awards, and actress Isabel Sanford who played Louise, won Best Actress in 1981.
This item is in good screen worn condition and was acquired directly from the costume designer Betsey Potter, who worked on seasons 5-11. Ms. Potter went on to establish and oversee the wardrobe department for Embassy TV (formerly TAT/Tandem). The department also supplied wardrobe to Sanford and Son, One Day At A Time, Maude, All in the Family, Good Times, Married With Children, and other iconic television shows produced by Norman Lear and Embassy TV. Ms. Potter has maintained and housed these garments for the past 40 years.
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