This summer, the Getty Villa is presenting something unique and original that's got our curiosity juices flowing. It's called "Roman Runway," and on certain Saturdays and Sundays, the Getty Villa Education Courtyard will put on free Roman Runway shows, courtesy of members of the historical reenactment group Legio VI Victrix.
They'll portray on the catwalk how garments reflected Roman values, socioeconomic class (they still do), and historical changes during the days of the Roman Empire. They Getty calls it "going behind the seams" -- cute.
This is an absolute must for Hollywood costume designers, since there are so many great period dramas on cable now. It's pretty important for hairdressers, too -- there will be a Roman ornatrix on hand -- that is, a specialist in ancient Roman hairstyles. And visitors will actually have a chance to try on costumes and props. That doesn't happen often.
The shows run on Saturdays June 9, 23 and 30, and Sundays June 10, 24 and July 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Yes, it is free, but you will still need a ticket, which can be procured at www.getty.edu or by calling 310-440-7300. We've never heard of anything like this, and can't wait to check it out. After all, L.A. is all about vintage clothes -- and these clothes are seriously vintage.