| This dress was worn by the character “Penny” played by actress Janet Jackson in the television series, “Good Times”. This reversible “Heidi” style dress includes leather straps decorated with floral embroidery that is attached to the skirt. One side is constructed out of a blue cotton material with snowflake shapes sewn on, the verso which was worn in later episodes, is constructed of a red felt material and the leather German style straps were added.
Ms. Jackson was initially seen in the blue side of this dress in, “Willona the Fuzz” (Season 5 Episode which first aired October 19, 1977) when Penny presents Willona with the trophy she won for figure skating in the junior division. Willona announces she'll buy her a new outfit with the new security guard position she has. Also seen in “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (Season 5 Episode 13 which first aired January 4, 1978). The red version of this dress can be seen in “The Boarder” (Season 5 Episode 18 which first aired February 6th, 1978) as Penny sits on the couch while the Evans family discusses having a person board with them at the apartment.
Good Times was an American sitcom broadcasted by CBS from 1974 through 1979 and was produced by the legendary Norman Lear and Embassy TV (formerly TAT/Tandem) who are also known for “One Day At A Time”, “Maude”, “All in the Family”, “Sanford and Son”, and “The Jeffersons”. Originally a spin-off from the sitcom “Maude”, the series ran for 6 seasons with a total of 133 episodes and starred Esther Rolle as “Florida Evans” and John Amos as “James Evans, Sr.” who live with their three children “JJ” (Jimmy Walker), “Thelma” (Bern Nadette Stanis) and “Michael” (Ralph Carter), in a project apartment in Chicago. The show won three Golden Globe nominations for performances by Esther Rolle and Jimmie Walker. This item is in good screen worn condition and was acquired directly from the show’s costume designer and head of the Embassy TV wardrobe department.
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