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Supreme fashion in Philadelphia

They may have strutted on a stage instead of a runway, but members of the Supremes were well known for their fashionable style.

Over two decades of climbing the charts, the singing group performed in a variety of venues — including a performance in England where they met the Queen Mother — all while decked out in the most fabulous costumes.

"Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection," an exhibit featuring more than 30 of the group's glamorous and glittering gowns, is on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Wilson, a founding member of the group, preserved many of the outfits, a collection that includes beaded evening gowns, feathered looks and modish jumpsuits. Some have been seen in other exhibits, but the majority are on display for the first time.

Wilson has said she kept a personal collection of the costumes but believes many others were lost. She said in an interview with The New York Times that she has even purchased some of the group's frocks on eBay.

Other artifacts on display include album covers, historic photographs and rarely seen video footage. And while fashion is the main focus, the exhibit also shines light on the Motown group's intersection with the civil rights movement and pop culture.

"Come See About Me" runs through June 30 at the African American Museum, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, 215-574-0380, aampmuseum.org. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children.

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