How the Academy's Hollywood Costume Exhibit Was Nearly Derailed
Lenders of iconic outfits threatened to pull their frocks
Lenders of iconic outfits for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ splashy Hollywood Costume exhibit, which opened Oct. 2 and displays designs from Edith Head to Catherine Martin, threatened to pull their frocks over serious climate-control concerns, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
“Temperature and humidity fluctuations” in the historic May Co. department store building where the show is being held — and which will be converted into the future $300 million Academy Museum — are the culprits, says an insider, “so the Academy had to quickly overhaul, doing major mitigation work to fix the HVAC systems.”
The Academy notes: “In keeping with standard museum practices … the exhibitions team successfully installed 151 costumes.”
This story first appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.