“On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” Avant-garde, Black And Yellow Scaasi

This avant-garde Scaasi outfit was worn by Barbra Streisand during a cut sequence from the song “Come Back To Me” in “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” (1970). During this scene Barbra’s character Daisy Gamble trotted through the Central Park Zoo eating popcorn, and is shocked as various animals sing to her (in the voice of Yves Montand.) Director Vincente Minnelli later said that the scene was cut because the outfit looked too extreme. For many years this outfit was such a mystery to fans that various rumors arose as to where it came from. Some suspected that the outfit must have been from a futuristic scene from the cut E.S.P. song (which there is no evidence was ever filmed). These theories were squashed when a video of Barbra filming in this outfit with “Come Back To Me” playback appeared in 2012. 

This geometric zig-zagged outfit (which I personally call the “Charlie Brown”) consists of three vibrant pieces, all made from wool. The balaclava fits tightly around the head and is lined in heavy wool felt. This wraps around the neck and has snap, hook and eye closures. Patent vinyl detailing accents the zig-zag pattern. The cape-jacket features mixed patterns of horizontal and vertical yellow, black and white zig-zags. There is a black lining and multiple snap closure down the front as well as a stand up collar. Two vinyl teardrop shaped patch pockets garnish the front of the cape, and zig-zagged patent vinyl trims the piece. Bell-bottom pants covered in zig-zags and more patent vinyl trim complete this unique look. This outfit sold at auction in 2004 for $8,000.00. 


Special thanks to Joseph Marzullo for providing the auction photos below, which he took in 2004.

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