Entitled Between Taste and Travesty: Costume Designs by William Ivey Long, the exhibit will run April 29-Oct. 14. The 12,000 square foot exhibit will feature costumes, sketches and/or film clips from such shows as The Producers, Hairspray, Nine, Crazy for You and La Cage aux Folles. Museumgoers can expect to view the Lace Body Suit from Nine and the famed Yellow Dress from Contact. In a statement North Carolina Governor Michael Easley said, "William Ivey Long is one of our most-celebrated North Carolinians whose talent for costume design has earned him Broadway's highest praise. We are honored that his first museum exhibition will give citizens across his home state the opportunity to experience and admire examples of the work that has defined his successful career."
Museum director Deborah Velders added, "We are honored to present Mr. Long's first museum exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum. This artist's achievement as a designer represents the best of what we strive to present and share with the public: Beauty, quality and enchantment."
And, Tony winner Long said, "I have always thought of myself as a worker bee. I figure that in a hundred years someone will decide if a) they even remember me and, b) if I was an artist. To have an exhibit of my life's work so far at the Cameron Art Museum in my home state of North Carolina is truly an honor for this worker bee."
A four-time Tony Award winner for his costume designs for Nine, Crazy for You, The Producers and Hairspray, William Ivey Long has also designed the costumes for Lend Me a Tenor, Chicago, Cabaret, The Music Man, A Streetcar Named Desire and La Cage aux Folles.
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