Philadelphia

Original Supremes’ Mary Wilson Wants You To “Come See About Me” and her Collection in Philadelphia

Before Destiny’s Child, there was another girl group that reigned supreme.

 The Supremes was an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s

PNC Bank regional president Bill Mills escorts original Supremes’ Mary Wilson, who is partnering with the African American Museum of
Philadelphia to present “Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection” which will feature more
than 30 of the Supremes glorious gowns, videos, images and artifacts
that tell of the meteoric rise of one of the most famous American groups of all time. A collection that Mary has had stored at her house she said, she received most of the groups clothing as she was the last Supreme in the group.

The exhibit is made possibly by a PNC Arts Alive Grant, a five year, $5 million initiative through the PNC foundation. Not only were the Supremes’ talented and beautiful, but they were fashionable too. Their gowns were made with fabric, beads and sequins from designers such as Bob Mackie, Michael Travis and Pat Campano.

Thanks Jerry Blavat for his support over the years, and discusses the Supremes’ beginning. The Geator mentioned a concert would be held at the Kimmel Center in January to celebrate the exhibit. Promises that Darlene Love would be in attendance as well as a few other surprises.

William Mills, President of PNC Bank, Ramona Riscoe Benson, The African
American Museum, Famed DJ Jerry Jerry Blavat and Mary Wilson, Mayor Michael
Nutter
. The Mayor got a little choked up when he talked about what an honor it was to meet Mary Wilson, as she and the Supremes busted the door wide open so that people like him could excel in life.

Mary Wilson graces us with a song

Mary is excited to see one of her early albums, which had been in award winning make-up artist About Phace’s Ursula Augustine collection since she was a kid. The Supremes’ were role models for me, Ursula told me. They were the first African American women I saw on TV that were beautiful and showed me how make-up could be used to accentuate our beauty.

Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection will run from January 25th to June 30th, 2013.