VINTAGE VIXEN…Theresa Harris

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Vintage Vamp: Theresa Harris

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In the 1930’s, Theresa Harris was one of the first black actresses to gain mainstream success in Hollywood.

Theresa Harris, a pioneering black actress who, though wildly gorgeous and talented in spades, never quite achieved the industry respect she was due. Born in Texas in 1906, the stunning singer/dancer/actress broke into films as an extra in the 1930 Marlene Dietrich classic, “Morocco.” Soon, she was stealing scenes from Hollywood’s most famous stars–everyone from Mae West to Barbara Stanwyck. Even though most of her on-screen characters were servants, Harris never passed up an opportunity to flaunt her glamorous side. In one way-ahead-of-its-time scene in 1933’s “Professional Sweetheart,” Harris plays a maid who shows an unsophisticated Ginger Rogers how to be sexy (she teaches her the hottest new dance steps and, a few scenes later, Rogers begs her horrified boyfriend to take her to Harlem). Like most black performers in 1930s/1940s Hollywood, Harris was never given a chance to play much more than the stereotypical maid, waitress and “hot-blooded native” roles, so in the ’50s, Harris retired from the movies. Her roles may have been small, but her presense was huge–because of her tenacity, and the elegance she brought to even the most poorly drawn characters, actresses like Halle Berry and Kerry Washington are able to shine.

Hands down she is a BAD ASS!

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Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email crazechameleonstudio@gmail.com

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