How the Academy's Hollywood Costume Exhibit Was Nearly Derailed

Hollywood Costumes - H 2014
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Hollywood Costumes - H 2014

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.

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“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.