Leigh's Iconic Gone With The Wind Dresses In Tatters

Bosses at an American archive are attempting to raise $30,000 (£20,000) to restore five dresses worn by VIVIEN LEIGH in classic 1939 movie GONE WITH THE WIND.
Organisers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin want to put on a special exhibit to mark the Oscar-winning film's 75th anniversary in 2014 - but they cannot display the tattered gowns, worn by Leigh while she portrayed heroine Scarlett O'Hara, because they are too fragile.
The costumes, which include O'Hara's wedding dress, blue velvet night gown and her green curtain dress, have been left ravaged after being loaned to different theatres and museums for decades.
Jill Morena, collection assistant for costumes and personal effects, tells the Associated Press, "There are areas where the fabric has been worn through, fragile seams and other problems. These dresses have been under a lot of stress.
"Film costumes weren't meant to last. They are only meant to last through the duration of filming. You won't find them to be as finished as if you bought something off the rack."
Donations will be used to restore loose seams and repairing structural reinforcement, as well as for custom mannequins.


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They never should have loaned those out in the first place. They should have known they wouldn't be taken care of and would be fragile. They should have known they were special and important. That's about like loaning out the Mona Lisa for a dinner party or two. Anything loaned out that much and worn and thrown around will immediately show wear and tear. Did they charge for loaning it out? Probably not and now they want money from the public to pay for them. They should have been put behind glass and treated like the special garments they were. As the article goes on to say, 'movie clothes were not made to last". They were only expected to last through the movie making and then put away. I've seen how clothes are taken care of at stage plays. Even if you have a property lady or one to take care of the clothes between scenes, they many times are tossed around because of timing. I'm ashamed they didn't take better care of something that I think of as very special.
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I was just thinkin'...The dresses were lovely to be sure, and helped make GWTW memorable, but they are only dresses. I can't imagine contributing money to something so temporary and menial..then do what with them? Charge people to come & stare at them in a museum in Hollywood perhaps? Kinda wasteful,especially considering there is so much suffering in the world.Raising that kind of money to help living people instead of old dresses seems more appropriate don't you think?Just thinkin'...
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this is wrong on so many levels that I'm not even sure where to start. First, this was a MOVIE. The people were actors, not real life protagonists, the story wasn't real, hell, Tara was paint brushed in! Tara does not exist. It never existed. Movies are for entertainment purposes ONLY. We have elderly folks who can't afford doctors or medication, children who still suffer from abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to love them dearly but don't, a completely broken healthcare system that still isn't going to work in 2014, and not a single honest soul in that modern day Soddom and Gomorrha, Washington DC. There is a hell of a lot we could do with that money, than fix a few movie costumes. That we have people with such a whacked out sense of priorities is precisely WHY we are having severe problems. Anybody with influence can rally folks around their whim-of-the-day, and everyone falls right into line. Good grief.
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These dresses should be given to the Smithsonian.They are a part of history.
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Yup, starving people all over the globe, disease, poverty, etc. This would be a waste, it's got no real historical value, it's a movie costume. This is a sad waste of money no matter who wore it.
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Great film,but I can't see the point. That much money should be spent on charity or the poor. I'd rather give that money to poor people on the street. It just goes to show the mentality of people in this country. We care more about objects than living beings. Kind of sad for them to be asking for money for this dress. Loved that film,but it's still just a dress as the end of the day.
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They actually want to raise 30,000 dollars to save a couple of dresses. This world is so twisted. There are thousands of hungry people in NYC alone, How about a charity event for them!!People have their head on backwards!!
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