PE0050. CARMEN MIRANDA: The Brazilian Bombshell. MCA MSD-35370. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy!
“Carmen Miranda's Hollywood image was that of a generic Latina, blurring distinctions between Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico and samba, tango and habanera music. It was stylized and flamboyant; she often wore platform sandals and towering headdresses made of fruit, becoming known as ‘the lady in the tutti-frutti hat’. Her enormous, fruit-laden hats were iconic visuals recognized worldwide; Saks Fifth Avenue developed a line of Miranda-inspired turbans and jewelry in 1939, and Bonwit Teller created mannequins resembling the singer.
Her tutti-frutti hat from THE GANG'S ALL HERE (1943) inspired the United Fruit Company's ‘Chiquita Banana’ logo the following year. During the 1960s, tropicália filmmakers in Brazil were influenced by Miranda's Hollywood films.
In 2009 she was the subject of São Paulo Fashion Week and a short film, TUTTI FRUTTI, by German photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Two years later, Macy's wanted to use Miranda to promote a clothing line. Other products influenced by her stardom are the Brazilian fashion brand Malwee's ‘Chica Boom Chic’ collection for women, and the Chica Boom Brasil company's high-end Carmen Miranda line, which includes Miranda-themed bags, wall clocks, crockery and placemats.”