Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Dorothy's Dress, Scarlett's Curtains & Other Iconic Costumes Part of New Exhibit at Chinese Theatre

One of the dresses worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" is part of the collection
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Sometimes it's the treasures of yesteryear that keep Hollywood fresh. Such could be the case with the next chapter in the history of Hollywood's cherished Chinese Theatre, which is hosting their first-ever exhibit of memorabilia. The exhibit, the "Hollywood Legends" collection, includes almost 1,000 costumes from beloved films and television shows, and debuts in Los Angeles September 30 at the Chinese Theatre.

Among the treasures are Marilyn Monroe’s gold lame, pleated halter gown from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), Rita Hayworth’s black satin ball gown from her “Put The Blame on Mame” number in "Gilda" (1946), Vivian Leigh’s green velvet drapery gown from “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and Judy Garland’s blue and white gingham pinafore and blouse from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).

Additionally, there will be props and accessories on display from several famous films.

The exhibit, which has traveled to global destinations in Italy, Japan, and Russia, as well as to San Francisco last year, will be in the Chinese Theatre's lobby, and will be open daily during normal operating hours as a free, added attraction for movie ticket holders and VIP tour guests.