Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hollywood Film Finery Coming to Richmond

Direct from their engagement at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, more than 100 costumes worn in movies from the past century are coming to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from November 2, 2013 through February 17, 2014.  The exhibit "Hollywood Costume" brings to the public garments that haven't been seen outside studio walls or private collections. They include: Dorothy's dress from "The Wizard of Oz"; Indiana Jones' iconic adventure outfit and hat from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; Holly Golightly's little black Givenchy dress from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; and the black tasseled dress Marilyn Monroe wore as Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in "Some Like It Hot"--and many more!

From funny girls and femme fatales to crime fighters and cowboys, Hollywood movies tell the stories of people, both real and imagined, and the clothes they wear tell us much about who these characters are and why we should care about them. An array of galleries will explore the costume designer's role in cinematic storytelling. Rooms devoted to action and suspense films, sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters, as well as comedies and musicals will feature fabulous outfits costume designers created for heroes and villains, historic styles they re-imagined for film, and even dresses and jackets of everyday life, that were specifically selected to help convey a time, a place, a character, and a story. Tickets are $20.  For more information, visit www.vmfa.museum.  The VMFA is just a short walk from Maury Place at Monument, and we will feature a Hollywood Package specially designed for our guests coming to see this very special show! This will be the only East Coast venue for this exciting exhibit--and just steps away from Maury Place!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument

Saturday, September 21, 2013

20th Century Design and Adaptation Exhibit at VA Center for Architecture

The Virginia Center for Architecture is now showing "MUTATIONS: The DNA of Twentieth Century Design." The exhibit communicates its theory of design mutation by featuring the work of 28 iconic designers, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Christian Dior, Walter Gropius, Saul Bass, and Yves Saint Laurent. The show pulls together the design disciplines and examines how they influenced one another--how architecture influenced fashion, which influenced graphic design, which influenced interior design. The exhibit runs through October 13 at the Virginia Center for Architecture at 2501 Monument Avenue--just a short walk from Maury Place. The Virginia Center for Architecture is located in the Branch House, which is the largest dwelling on Monument Avenue. The exhibit is free and open from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 on Saturday. For more information, call 804-644-3041 or visit www.virginiaarchitecture.org.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument