Is Marilyn’s ‘Little Rock’ Dress Coming to the Academy?

With the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures finally set to open in Los Angeles on September 30, speculation about what treasures it may hold is rife. In an online presentation last month, it emerged that the museum holds 650 costumes in its permanent collection, with display pieces to be changed every 6 to 12 months.

A lower-level space devoted to costume conservation has been renamed the Debbie Reynolds Conservation Studio, after the late actress who acquired an incredible collection of movie costumes (including Marilyn’s), as Laurie Brookins reports for Screen Chic.

“While discussing how costumes are restored, assistant curator Sophia Serrano featured an image of the feathered headpiece worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In sharing details about its restoration, Serrano hinted that, once refurbished, it will be seen in the museum not only with its Travilla-designed costume, but a partner look as well. The conclusion to be drawn: Get ready to see the red-sequined gowns worn by both Monroe and Jane Russell in the number that preceded the opening titles, ‘Two Little Girls from Little Rock,’ once again side by side. Both dresses were sold at a 2019 auction.”

UPDATE: Now confirmed!