You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Western Costume marks 100th anni

Pic outfitter cleans out closet for exhibition

Picking an outfit to wear can be difficult, but imagine having a million options.

To mark Western Costume’s 100th anniversary, the company is partnering with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Costume Council for a sartorial celebration Wednesday at LACMA’s Bing Theater, complete with panel discussion and live pageant featuring recreations of some of Western’s most famous duds.

The presentation’s 42 costumes and several vignettes will offer a trip through history, from Moses to the present. Some threads will be genre pieces worn in hundreds of films, and others will be original star pieces, including Katharine Hepburn’s costume from “Rooster Cogburn” and Russell Crowe’s from “3:10 to Yuma.”

Western Costume also re-created a number of classic outfits, including the velvet drapery gown from “Gone With the Wind” and a “Cleopatra”-inspired dress using Claudette Colbert’s original headdress. Eddie Marks, Western Costume prexy, considers these “wow costumes.”

“When the audiences sees them, they’ll know immediately what they are,” he said.

Marks will be on hand to open the evening. Panel will include costumer designers Ellen Mirojnick and Carol Ramsey, supervisor Jim Tyson, milliner Harry Rotz and shoemaker Mauricio Osorio. Bobi Garland, archivist and research library director of North Hollywood-based Western Costume, will moderate.

Western Costume’s history is almost is colorful as its wardrobes. Company was founded by L.L. Burns, who settled in L.A. a century ago after years of travels as a trader in Native American artifacts. When he saw that Hollywood filmmakers were in need of authentic Native American costumes, he saw a market opportunity for his collection. Soon, Western Costume was providing all manner of outfits for the film companies that were sprouting like wildflowers, including for such silent classics as “Birth of a Nation,” “The General” and “The Sheik.”

The centennial celebration event has been in the works for about six months. With all the necessary planning, Marks said it was a great deal of work.

“It was like putting a movie together,” he said.

More Film

  • Thierry Fremaux Cannes

    Thierry Fremaux Says 'Cannes Will Always Side With Artists' at Alain Delon's Tribute

    Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, delivered a heartfelt homage to Alain Delon at a ceremony on Sunday during which the French actor received the honorary Palme d’Or. Alluding to the controversy that Delon has triggered with his past declarations, Fremaux said the actor was entitled to have his own convictions [...]

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt's '7500' Sells to Amazon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Thriller '7500' Sells to Amazon Studios

    Amazon Studios has acquired global rights to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s terrorist drama “7500.” The deal, announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, excludes Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Universum will distribute the film in Germany. In “7500,” Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. The title references the code 7500, which [...]

  • Cannes: China's Rediance Boards Sales on

    Cannes: China's Rediance Picks Up Sales on 'Ways to Run' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Chinese indie sales and production finance outfit Rediance has boarded sales on “Ways to Run,” a project in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation La Residence section. The film picked up a special mention at the prize presentation. The road movie drama is being directed by Afghan-Dutch director Aboozar Amin, who previously made the documentary “Kabul: [...]

  • John Williams Pens Theme for Disneyland's

    John Williams in Disneyland: The Story Behind His 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge' Theme

    For only the second time in more than four decades of “Star Wars” music, legendary composer John Williams has written a new theme for a “Star Wars” project that is distinct from his film scores for those galaxies far, far away. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the much-anticipated attraction that will open at Disneyland on May [...]

  • Young Ahmed

    Cannes Film Review: 'Young Ahmed'

    There’s a darkness to “Young Ahmed” that audiences have never seen before in the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the gifted Belgian brothers whose profoundly humane, unapologetically realist dramas have twice earned them the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Like surrogate parents to troubled children, the sibling directors have taken on their share of difficult [...]

  • Radegund

    Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life'

    Fox Searchlight has picked up rights for U.S. and several international territories on Terrence Malick’s contemplative World War II drama “A Hidden Life,” following its enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival. “A Hidden Life” tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who rejected Adolf Hitler and objected to the war. He [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content