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An exhibit celebrating the visual legacy of  American theatrical costuming  spanning more than 50 years and over a dozen productions.
An exhibit celebrating the visual legacy of American theatrical costuming spanning more than 50 years and over a dozen productions.
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Costuming the Great White Way
March 22 – 24, 2013
Set within the majestic Baroque/Rococo interiors of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, this exhibition celebrates the visual legacy of American theatrical costuming. A collaboration with Friends of the Loew’s, STAGEfest 2013 and Jersey City’s theatrical costume rental company Leading Lady Costumes, the exhibition features original costumes designed by Tony award-winning designers and worn by celebrities of stage and film. This exhibit encompasses over a dozen productions spanning more than 50 years. Costumes on display include an imperial court gown worn by the star of the silver screen and Broadway Lillian Gish from the 1965 production of “Anya”, finale costumes from the original 1975 production of “A Chorus Line”, and creepy and kooky costumes from the recent production of “The Addams Family”. Join us as we explore theatrical costuming in the grand setting of the Historic Loew’s Jersey Theatre.

I have started this fundraising campaign to help defray costs associated with this exhibit.  I have always dreamed of being able to put on an exhibit like this, and have been compiling historical costumes and memorabilia for nearly 20 years!  In order to pull off this show, I need to pay for mannequin rentals, display fabrics, signage, crowd control devices (stanchions, etc), and rental/purchase of lighting equipment to show off the beautiful treasures within the grand lobby of the Loew's Jersey Theatre.

18th Century men's costume from Broadway's "The Addams Family"
18th Century men's costume from Broadway's "The Addams Family"
1912 Evening Gown worn by the character Ida Strauss in the Broadway production of "Titanic the Musical"
1912 Evening Gown worn by the character Ida Strauss in the Broadway production of "Titanic the Musical"
View of the Grand Lobby of the Loew's Jersey Theatre where this exhibit will be housed.
View of the Grand Lobby of the Loew's Jersey Theatre where this exhibit will be housed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for taking the time to look at my project and for your consideration in helping fund this new exciting opportunity.  As they say--every little bit helps, so don't be shy or worried that you can't contribute very much.  Every penny will help make this exhibit a reality!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge on this project is going to be the lighting! The lobby spaces are very large and the lighting and electrical systems are outdated. I'm having to source inexpensive low wattage units to keep from blowing the buildings circuits! Once we solve the lighting issue everything else is in the bag so to speak.

Luckily my years of hoarding and collecting costume pieces and accessories will finally serve a purpose. Every costume will be presented as complete and fully accessorized as it would have been in it's original production.

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    You will receive a complimentary theatrical costume rental for yourself valid for one year as well as having the honor of being listed as a contributor on a "Special Thanks" sign displayed in the lobby of the historic Loew's Jersey Theatre.

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