Sunday, June 24, 2007
THE IMPORTANCE OF COSTUMES TO THE MUSEUM OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
The Archangel Gabriel - bronze bas relief from the main door of
Saint Cyril Catholic Church - Sherman Oaks, California
Costumes and costume design are a special interest for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, from several perspectives. First, we are interested in what human beings have worn throughout the history of the San Fernando Valley and Southern California (from the Tonva to space exploration). Next, the role of costumes and costume design in the entertainment industry's history is of great importance to us, as related to productions related to the Valley and Los Angeles. Finally, the history of textiles, fabrics etc. are a major interest to our Museum Community. costuming is a huge undertaking for us, since we are attracted to all aspects from sacred vestments to zoot suits, from the poodle skirts of the '50s to Nudie's rhinestone cowboy shirts. Designer, costumer and educator, Shon LeBlanc is The Museum's advisor on matters of costume and textiles. He is a member of The Museum's Performing Arts Committee, chaired by San Fernando Valley playwright, Willard Simms.