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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Excessively Elaborate Showpieces: The Art of Costume Exhibit Offers an Overdose of Liberace Glamour

When THE BRUNETTES travel, they always like to try to take in some kind of cultural experience related to the destination's fashion scene, history, and heritage. On his recent vacation to Las Vegas, John spent some time at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas admiring the artistry behind the intricately detailed costumes of one of Vegas's most iconic and revered performers, Liberace.

With a spotlight once again on the pianist's flamboyant wardrobe pieces at the Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume exhibit, it is easy to see how so many of today's pop stars' stage outfits have been influenced by Liberace's original wears. 

Pearls, rhinestones, beading, ruffles and lace are just some of the painstakingly adorned details of the entertainer's ornate costumes of which one can get an up-close-and-personal look in the intimate gallery space. A tribute to Vegas's past and present obsession with overstated glamour and excess, the Art of Costume exhibition not only offers insight into Liberace's love for resplendent opulence, but Vegas's as well. As Liberace said himself, "I didn't get dressed like this to go unnoticed."

Authored by John Ibbitson 

Images from THE BRUNETTES’ own collection *images from THE BRUNETTES’ collection not to be used without providing a source link to this posting

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