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Costumes & Accessories

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter Television Series Costume

COSTUME DESIGNER
The costume designer for all three seasons of the Wonder Woman television series was Donald Lee Feld (1937-2007), aka Donfeld. In 1978 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama or Comedy Series for the episode from The New Adventures of Wonder Woman titled Anschluss 77. Back Issue # 5 (August 2004) features an interview with Donfeld where he talks about the costume in detail as well as the two piece bikini he created for the underwater scenes that refused to stay on Lynda Carter's body. These sketches usually sell between $800-1500, but have sold as high as US$4,000.

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COSTUME SALES
A costume worn by Lynda Carter in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (aka CBS series) went up for sale in December 1994 through Butterfield & Butterfield auctioneers in Los Angeles and sold for US$16,100. The book "The Investor's Guide to Vintage Character Collectibles" by Rex Miller estimated the value of the costume by 2004 would be worth approximately US$25,000, but imagine it would sell for a lot more than that today.

A pair of bracelets from the first season of Wonder Woman (aka ABC series) were sold through Profiles in History Auctioneers in their "Icons of Hollywood" auction on December 15, 2011 for US$6,000. The bracelets came from the estate of Guy Bushman, who apparently worked as prop master for part of the series. A prop lasso from the Bushman estate also went up for auction at the same time, selling for US$6,000. This lasso was not a costume piece worn by Lynda Carter, but used by the prop master during the lasso throwing scenes who would hand it back to Lynda Carter to continue the scene. These items were also featured in an episode of Syfy Channel's "Hollywood Treasures" in 2012. Also included in the auction was a prop 2 dollar bill that Lynda Carter, as Diana Prince, kisses and leaves a lipstick mark. This item was used in the episode entitled "The Last of the 2 Dollar Bills". Click here for more information and photos of the 2 dollar bill.

Lynda Carter's golden lasso from The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (aka CBS series) went up for auction in 1994 through Camden House in Los Angeles. It was estimated to sell for between US$1,100-2,000 - unfortunately the price realised from the auction are not yet known to webmaster.

Two items appeared in Christie's "A Century of Hollywood" auction in New York on 24 May, 2000 - a pair of gloves used in the CBS epside titled "Skateboard Wiz" and the gold eagle piece used on the bustier for the CBS costume. The gloves sold for US$2,820, while the gold eagle piece sold for US$4,465.

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Wonder Woman Bracelets (ABC series) Wonder Woman Bracelets (ABC series) Wonder Woman TV Show (ABC Series) Prop Lasso Wonder Woman TV Show (ABC Series) Prop Lasso Wonder Woman Costume Auction Photo Wonder Woman CBS Costume Auction Photo
           
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Wonder Woman CBS Bustier Eagle Wonder Woman CBS Bustier Eagle Butterfield & Butterfield Auction Brochure - 1994 Butterfield & Butterfield Auction Brochure - 1994    

 

AZARIAN COLLECTION
John Azarian currently owns two complete Wonder Woman costumes. The first is Lynda Carter's New Adventures of Wonder Woman costume (aka CBS costume) including tiara, earings, bracelets, boots, lasso, belt and bodice. This costume was featured in the book "Wonder Woman: The Complete History". The second costume is the blue spandex diving costume used in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman as well as a pair of knee pads used in the episode Skateboard Whiz (1978). John's collection features hundreds of costumes and props from other series and movies including Batman, Superman, Supergirl, Get Smart and I Dream of Jeannie to name a few.

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Wonder Woman CBS Diving Costume Azarian Collection Photo

 

LYNDA CARTER'S COLLECTION
Lynda Carter owns both ABC and CBS versions of the costume. In 2011 fan Shawn Winstian donated an original ABC costume to Lynda and her family. At that point Lynda only had a CBS version of the costume (including tiara, lasso and bracelets) as well as a pair of original ABC bracelets. Lynda has shown pieces from her collection on shows such as Entertainment Tonight and more recently on CBS' "Sunday Morning" in 2009. In 2008 Lynda Carter wore a pair of her original CBS bracelets at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibition titled Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy.

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Lynda Carter's ABC Costume Lynda Carter's CBS Costume VIDEOS of Lynda Carter's Collection
           
Lynda Carter wearing original CBS bracelets in
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Lynda Carter's costume accessories    

 

COSTUMES AND ACCESSORIES ON DISPLAY
In June 2002 John Azarian's costume went on display at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City in an exhibition titled That's Entertainment. The same year Azarian's Wonder Woman tiara and bracelets were displayed at an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In the exhibition Wonder Woman's tiara sat alongside some of the most famous tiara's in history, including tiaras owned and worn by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.

An ABC costume, complete with red leather boots looks as though it was on display (see photo below), possibly in the UK. More information on this exhibit is required.

In 2006 a CBS Wonder Woman costume, complete with cape and original sketch by Donfeld, was on display in California's Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing as part of the The Art of Television Costume Design exhibition. In 2008 the same costume was on display again, this time in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibition titled Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy. The bracelets that apear with this costume do not appear to be authentic, and look as though they are made from gold material. The boots shown with this costume are not boot produced for the CBS series, but appear to be possibly a pair of leather stunt boots from early episodes of the ABC series. in 2012 this particular costume (owner unknown) went on display at the Paley Centre for Media in Los Angeles in an exhibition titled "Warner Bros: Television out of the Box" which runs until 2015. According to one of the curators, this costume was on display in a Macy's storefront in 1980 and was damaged by exposure to the sun.

In 2011 John Azarian's CBS costume went on display at the Indianapolis Children's Museum in an exhibit titled "Incredible Costumes". Click on the photos below to view additional photos.

Azarian CBS Costume on display in Atlantic City 2002 Azarian CBS tiara and bracelets on display in
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CBS Costume on display in California 2006
           
ABC Costume on display CBS Costume on display in New York 2008 Costume on display in Indianapolis 2011 CBS Costume on display in Indianapolis 2011
           
CBS Costume on display in Los Angeles 2012 CBS Costume on display in Los Angeles 2012

 

 

TELEVISION SERIES PROPS / PRODUCTION PIECES
Not much has appeared for sale in the way of props from the television series other than the items shown below. The IADC Top Secret document folder appeared for sale in 1994, but the amount it sold for is not yet known. The Diana Prince special effects doll sold online in 2011 for US$583 and the 2 Dollar Bill sold for US$600 in 2011.

Screen used 2 Dollar Bill featuring Lynda Carter's Lipstick Diana Prince Special Effects Doll IADC Top Secret Folder
           
Wonder Woman Television Series Call Sheet - 1978 Wonder Woman Television Series Call Sheet & Location Map - 1978        

 

 

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