Barbra Streisand wore this stunning Matej for Odette Barsa set for a July 25, 1967 LOOK magazine spread, titled “Mama Barbra.” The magazine touted on it’s cover that it had the first color photos of “Funny Girl” with her son. She purchased the set while pregnant with Jason. Odette Barsa was a quality lingerie and nightgown maker, whose designs were at peak popularity in the 50’s and 60’s. She was born in Syria and came to the USA where she married Simon Barsa in 1922. Due to the stock market crash of 1929, Simon’s business began to fail. Odette decided to help out by forming her own business making lingerie. Her pieces were detailed and luxurious, made with imported embroideries and fabrics. She experimented with new lengths and introduced America to the ballerina length, which became popular in the 50’s. Her signature designs almost always included a beautiful peignoir over an elegant nylon nightdress. Women could buy her flowing, romantic and glamorous designs at Bonwit Teller, Neiman Marcus & other high end stores. The cut of these was so loose that they could easily be worn as maternity or nursing wear, as Barbra did. Barbra’s pale lavender set featured a nylon, floor length nightgown with pleating at the bust. Three layers of scalloped lace trim the bottom, as well as a panel of lace at the bust. Two bows accent the front of the gown and several bows accent the lace trim at the bottom. The matching poly blend peignoir features endless rows of ruffles, short sleeves and a snap closure neckline with a bow. Though this look was auctioned, it is said that for sentimental reasons, Barbra changed her mind and got it back at a later time.
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