#NatKingCole#MariaCole | Easter Parade: The Harlem Wedding of Nat and Maria Cole, 1948

#NatKingCole#MariaCole | Easter Parade: The Harlem Wedding of Nat and Maria Cole, 1948

I loved singing and dancing to Natalie Cole songs growing up. She was always beautiful and poised. I hoped to be the same way.

I loved singing and dancing to Natalie Cole songs growing up. She was always beautiful and poised. I hoped to be the same way.

Maria Cole | 1Cole is pictured in 1948, trying on one of her gifts at a party in Harlem celebrating her marriage to Nat “King” Cole.

Maria Cole | 1Cole is pictured in 1948, trying on one of her gifts at a party in Harlem celebrating her marriage to Nat “King” Cole.

On Easter Sunday 1948, recently divorced jazz pianist, crooner, and legend in the making, Nat “King” Cole married singer Maria Hawkins Ellington.  The Coles were married in Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

On Easter Sunday 1948, recently divorced jazz pianist, crooner, and legend in the making, Nat “King” Cole married singer Maria Hawkins Ellington. The Coles were married in Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Zelda Wynn Valdes was the first black female fashion designer to own her own boutique. Her famous, figure hugging silhouette was worn by stars such as Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Maria Cole, Edna Robinson and later superstars like Gladys Knight and opera diva Jessye Norman. She also designed dresses for legendary figures like Marlene Dietrich and Mae West.

Zelda Wynn Valdes was the first black female fashion designer to own her own boutique. Her famous, figure hugging silhouette was worn by stars such as Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Maria Cole, Edna Robinson and later superstars like Gladys Knight and opera diva Jessye Norman. She also designed dresses for legendary figures like Marlene Dietrich and Mae West.

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