This gown Carole Lombard wore in the 1936 classic "My Man Godfrey" was shown to the public nearly eight decades later when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ran the exhibit "Hollywood Costume" in late 2014:
It was held at the old May Co. department store building at Wilshire & Fairfax (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/709175.html), where it's hoped about a year from now, it will open, reborn as the Academy Motion Picture Museum and shown in projected front and side views.
Four years ago, I had money (seems like such a long time ago!), and I contributed $100 of it to the museum's building fund. Yesterday, the Academy announced plans for what will be in store for the former store...and it promises to appeal to a multitude of audiences, from classic Hollywood buffs to those interested in today's techniques.
What's it about? Let the museum describe it for yourself:
First, the long-term exhibit, tentatively titled "Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside The Movies." It will convey the development of film technology dating back to the late 19th century, as well as its cultural and social impact. Here's what part of it may look like:
There will be plenty of memorabilia for fans to enjoy, including the iconic ruby slippers from the 1939 "The Wizard Of Oz" (in author L. Frank Baum's beloved children's book "The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz," they were silver, but MGM wanted to take advantage of Technicolor). Will something from Lombard be shown there? We surely hope so.
But as stated earlier, this is meant for more than Golden Age movie buffs. The first rotating exhibits will include a retrospective of famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyasaki (he'll turn 78 on Jan. 5), whose works include "Spirited Away" and "Kiki's Delivery Service."
Another early exhibit, "Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970," will examine director Oscar Micheaux and others who pioneered motion pictures for black audiences.
I sense that $100 I contributed was money well spent. I'm looking forward to late 2019, and certainly hope you are too.
To learn more about the museum, get on its mailing list and possibly contribute or donate, visit https://www.academymuseum.org/.