Wednesday, August 11, 2010

And you, Miss, are no lady.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the always classic Gone With the Wind, the Ransom Center (in Austin) is planning an exhibit on the movie in 2014. But they're facing one major problem: the famous dresses worn by Miss Scarlet are too tattered and fragile to go on display. After years of travelling from exhibit to exhibit the costumes are in need of some tender lovin' care.

According to the Ransom Center website, they acquired the costumes which include the green curtain dress (shown above, her dressing gown, a burgundy ball gown, blue velvet peignoir and her wedding dress, in the mid-1980s as part of the collection of Gone With the Wind's legendary producer David O. Selznick (he also produced A Star Is Born, Rebecca, and Duel in the Sun)

They are trying to raise $30,000 in total. Donations can be made on the Ransom Center website in increments of $10, 25, 100 and custom amounts and will be used to restore dresses, purchase protective housing, and for custom mannequins that will allow them to be properly displayed.

Frankly, my dear, it's time to give a damn ... or at least a few dollars.

For more information or to donate to the cause click here.

Photo via the Ransom Center website.


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