Dorothy Stratten Black Velvet Cocktail Dress



2015-06-26 10:54:55

A Dorothy Stratten Black Velvet Cocktail Dress is a piece of Hollywood memorabilia formerly owned by the model and actress Dorothy Stratten.


Background information

Dorothy Stratten was a Canadian model and actress who rose to fame as a Playboy Playmate of the Month in August 1979. She followed this with appearances on U.S network television shows in guest roles, in which she showed talent as an actress.

After becoming Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 1980, she won further roles in feature films including ‘Galaxina’ and ‘They All Laughed’. Her acting career was supported by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who believed in her talent and encouraged her to distance herself from her husband/manager Paul Snider (a former pimp).

Stratten left Snider and began an affair with the director Peter Bogdanovich, but in August 1980 she was murdered by Snider, who then killed himself.

Her story shocked the nation, and inspired two feature films – ‘Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story’ and ‘Star 80’.

Item description

This black velvet cocktail dress features a short pleated trim, a bow and a diamond-effect pin at the waist, along with a zip and single button behind the neck. The label inside reads 'For David Howard Climax Karen Okada'.

The dress was worn by Stratten whilst attending a cocktail party at the Playboy Mansion a few weeks before her death in 1980.


This piece of memorabilia is available to purchase from Paul Fraser Collectibles, a company which deals in rare memorabilia and high-grade collectibles.

It is currently priced at £950.

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