Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hollywood Costumes Come to Oklahoma City

We celebrated my birthday on Saturday and visited the Oklahoma City of Art for the "Sketch to Screen: The Art of Hollywood Costume Design" exhibit.  I expected it to be impressive, and was delighted, captivated and entertained by this wonderful collection of costumes and design drawings from the age of the silent screen to the movies of the 21st century.

All of the costumes are originals used in the movies with the exception of the three from Gone with the Wind.  Those three costumes designed for Scarlett are reproductions; the originals were not preserved.  Some of the original costumes featured are Mary Pickford's from Tess of the Storm Country , Rudolph Valentino's from Blood and Sand, Jean Harlow's from Bombshell, Claudette Colbert's from Cleopatra, Audrey Hepburn's from Funny Face, Deborah Kerr's from An Affair to Remember, Gregory Peck's eyeglasses and briefcase from To Kill a Mockingbird, Glenn Close's from 1001 Dalmations, as well as costumes from True LiesThree Amigos, Quigly Down Under, A Foreign Affair, From the Terrace, Valley of the Dolls, Witness for the Prosecution, Apollo 13, Raging Bull, Dick Tracy, Flintstones, X-Men: The Last Stand, Hello Dolly, Mama MiaThe Sound of Music, Ben HurChicago, The King and ICamelot, Titanic, and others.  Also displayed are many original designer drawings of the costumes, as well as backgrounds on the movies, costumes, awards, actors and actresses.

If you live in Oklahoma or will be visiting between now and August 15, be sure to put this exhibit on your calendar.  In case you don't already know, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to a comprehensive collection of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.    You'll find more information about the museum at http://www.okcmoa.com/aboutokcmoa, about the costume display (including photographs) at  http://www.okcmoa.com//sketchtoscreen  and about the Dale Chihuly collection at http://www.okcmoa.com/exhibitions/dalechihuly-theexhibition/chihulyglass .

Here is a photograph of the multi-storied Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower Chihuly sculpture which graces the atruim of the museum.


HolyMama! said...

sending this blog post to my sister RIGHT NOW.


Annie Joy said...

Hope she is able to go. Annie

Anonymous said...

Just stopping by from Lady Bloggers to say hello! You're from OKC?! Yay! I went to O-State and lived there for several years before moving to Kansas City last year!


[Life of Meg]

Annie Joy said...

Hi, Meg -- thanks for dropping by. Your blog is cute and sassy! I'm an OU grad myself, but I love OSU too! Stillwater is a great place, as is Kansas City -- my son lived there and we went to visit several times. Julia

Leanne said...

Absolutely LOVE this post ... I am a huge costume/movie buff and would LOVE to see this - unfortunately it's just a bit far from Chicago! Ah, well! So glad you enjoyed it! (I would have died ... ok, not really ... I would have really gone gaga to see the Gone w/the wind costumes - even replicas. It's one of my favorite movies and the costumes were just amazing!!!) Love this post, dear!!!

Annie Joy said...

Thanks, Leanne! I visited Chicago with my high school friends a few years ago and loved the Navy Pier, the architecture boat tour and the art museum. We also visited the downtown library (since I'm a librarian) and thought it was beautiful. I hope to go back someday soon -- maybe by train. Annie


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