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Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Concept Sketches

Artist: Donfeld
Year: 1975-1979
Description: 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.
Approx Value: US$800-1500

Below: Image courtesy of Heritage Comics. Concept sketch for Lynda Carter's ABC costume measuring 12.5" x 17" featuring cloth samples (pink, red, blue, gold and 2 white stars). This sketch was inscribed to his good friend actor Richard Chamberlain (on back) and reads For Dear Richard from Dear Donf. with every kindest good wish and sincere admiration. As ever, Donfeld (Himself), Christmas, 1976. This piece once sold through Christies New York in November 2001 and was estimated to sell between US$800-900. It ended up selling for US$1,528. In 2005 it sold again, this time fetching US$2,390.

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman ABC Costume Sketch with material samples

Below: Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Prince. This sketch is currently on display with an original screen worn Lynda Carter CBS costume at the Los Angeles Paley Centre (2012) but has also appeared in various exhibitions across the USA including New York.

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman ABC Costume Sketch with material samples

Below: Image courtesy of Profiles in History. This apparently sold online in 2004 for US$4,000

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman ABC Costume Sketch with material samples

Below: CBS Costume design with cape

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman CBS Costume Sketch

Below: CBS Costume design

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman CBS Costume Sketch

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman CBS Costume Sketch

Below: ABC Costume design - Image Source: Back Issue #5 - July 2004 TwoMorrows Publishing

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman ABC Costume Sketch with material samples

Below: CBS Costume design - Image Source: Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, Mike Pingel, Createspace, 2012.

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman CBS Costume Sketch

Below: CBS Diving Costume design - Image Source: Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, Mike Pingel, Createspace, 2012

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman CBS Diving Costume Sketch

Below: Costume comparisons

Original Donfeld Wonder Woman Costume comparisons

Below: Unpainted preliminary Donfeld costume design sketches for the Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter each measuring approximately 8.5" x 14". Shown below are some of Donfeld's ideas for the bikini Lynda was to wear in the swimming scenes but due to "technical difficulties" the bikini idea was scrapped and replaced with the full body wetsuit.

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

Wonder Woman Television Series Costume Preliminary Concept Sketches

 

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