Color Me Barbra “Gotta Move” Ken Scott Dress

Barbra Streisand wore this colorful and bold geometric print Ken Scott dress while singing “Gotta Move” in Act One of  “Color Me Barbra” (1966). Scenes for this special were famously shot in The Philadelphia Museum Of Art over the course of more than 24 hours straight. In a 1966 interview Barbra stated “It was fun, but it took so much time technicians were falling asleep at the cameras.”

This dress was designed by Ken Scott (1919—1991), a designer whom Barbra would wear several times throughout her career. Ken Scott was born in Indiana. He attended Parsons School Of Design and worked for an upholsterer and fabric designer before moving to Paris to be an artist in 1947. He was most known for his flare with fabrics which included vibrant floral prints and is often called “the fashion gardener”. “Ken was doing psychedelic colorings before anyone even knew what psychedelic was all about,” said a Manhattan fashion illustrator in a 1968 interview in Time magazine. “Nobody dares to put color next to color the way he does.” In the late 60’s he was one of the first designers to show calf-length skirts in an entire collection. Along with Emilio Pucci, Ken epitomized the modernity of Italian fashion in the 1960’s and 70’s. 

Susan Nevelson designed prints with Ken Scott for 52 years and helped to create many of his floral, psychedelic and geometric prints, including the one seen on Barbra’s dress. This print was made in a variety of colors and featured on many types of dress designs. It was famously seen on Audrey Hepburn in pastel shades in the film “Two For The Road” (1967). 

Barbra’s colorful Ken Scott shift maxi dress was made from hand printed silk jersey. It features a halter neckline with a drawstring tie fastening. At the back there is a small slit between the tie and where the zipper starts which gives it a sexy, Grecian feel. Black faceted rhinestones trim all black areas of the dress design. These look to be an addition to the original design. The rhinestones continue as accents on Barbra’s eye makeup, and edging her oversized black triangle lighteningbolt earrings. 

Barbra completed this mod look with round Deadstock rings in red lucite and lime green, sheer black tights and black pumps. 

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