DEBBIE REYNOLDS: THE EXHIBIT: ALL NEW COLLECTION OF HOLLYWOOD TREASURES

November 14, 2011


Through Saturday, December 3, 2011 the Paley Center in Beverly Hills is hosting Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit, an all-new collection of movie costumes and props, some of which will be up for auction.  I trotted off to view the exhibit to see if it could compare to the stunning exhibit they had in the spring.  Unfortunately, I can’t say it really did, but they did have some interesting garments all the same.  Unfortunately, as no flash is allowed, my photos on my point and shoot are a little grainy and yellow, but I hope you get a feel of the garments.  To see the details, you’ll just have to visit the Paley Center yourself.

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit by Lady by Choice

They didn’t have, what I would consider, any of the iconic garments the last Debbie Reynolds exhibit had, such as the Marilyn Monroe “subway” dress or the My Fair Lady gown.  However, I know that is highly subjective.  I was excited as the exhibit said it included items from Gone with the Wind, but it turned out they were hats and not dresses.  However, I was interested to see the detail on Scarlett’s “green portiere” hat, as I didn’t realize before the decoration included a gold chicken foot.  Who knew? 
Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Gone with the Wind by Lady by Choice

Other movies and stars that had garments featured included items from Show Boat, Bus Stop (including Marilyn Monroe’s green showgirl outfit), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Elizabeth Taylor’s dress from A Date with Judy, as well as some early gowns worn by Mary Pickford and Judy Garland.  They even had some Adrian gowns on display. 
  
Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Clark Gable suit by Lady by Choice
 Clark Gable suit from Homecoming, 1948

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Judy Garland dress by Lady by Choice
 Judy Garland dress from The Pirate, 1948

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Betty Grable dress by Lady by Choice
 Betty Grable dress from Springtime in the Rockies, 1942

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Mary Pickford dress by Lady by Choice
 Mary Pickford dress from Taming of the Shrew, 1929

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Mary Pickford dress by Lady by Choice
 Mary Pickford dress from Secrets, 1933, designed by Adrian

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Katherine Hepburn dress by Lady by Choice
Katherine Hepburn dress from The Rainmaker, 1956, designed by Edith Head

As part of the exhibit, some of the garments had a screen showing the film clip featuring the garment on display.  It was interesting to see side by side comparisons of how the garment and the person wearing the garment looked compared to the actual garment itself.  Sometimes I could barely recognize the garment.
Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Elizabeth Taylor dress by Lady by Choice
Elizabeth Taylor dress from A Date with Judy, 1948

And can I just say how tiny all of these ladies must have been who wore these costumes.  Seriously, I felt I could come close to spanning their waist with my “girly” size 8 hands.  On screen, they looked normal size.  But up close, they were very petite and slender.  I guess the camera really does add 10 pounds (maybe a few more in my case.)

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Norma Shearer dress by Lady by Choice
 Norma Shearer gown from an unnamed movie

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Adrian dress by Lady by Choice
 A dress from Marie Antoinette, 1938, designed by Adrian

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Joan Crawford dress by Lady by Choice
 This dress was labeled as a Joan Crawford gown from Pretty Ladies, 1925, 
but it doesn't strike me as a 1925 gown.

 Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Marilyn Monroe dress by Lady by Choice 
Marilyn Monroe dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Marilyn Monroe dress by Lady by Choice 
Marilyn Monroe dress from Niagara, 1953

Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Marilyn Monroe dress by Lady by Choice
 Another Marilyn gown, this one from Let's Make Love


Debbie Reynolds costume exhibit Marilyn Monroe Bus Stop by Lady by Choice 
Marilyn Monroe showgirl outfit from Bus Stop, 1956.  Forgive the glare, 
but I couldn't escape it.

These snapshots are just a glimpse at the collection, so do go see it in person if you are able.  Tickets for adults are just $6.  If you’re in the Los Angeles area, treat yourself to a little costume respite.


'Bye for Now,





Laurence said...

I love to visit these kind of exibits... but L.A. is too far away for France... will be there in April!

Lizzie - The Vintage traveler said...

Lucky you for getting to see this, and thanks so much for sharing it.

Gabrielle-"The Gift of Gab" said...

OMG...I have been obsessed with Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" dress ever since I knew who she was. It is sooo glamorous and iconic just like her "Bus Stop" corset costume. Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful pictures!

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