Becoming L.A. Displays Iconic ‘Gone With the Wind’ Dress

Dress from barbecue party scene was filmed in Pasadena

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 9:10 pm

For the first time ever, the iconic dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the legendary film Gone With the Wind, has been put on public display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County as part of their Becoming Los Angeles exhibition.

The dress, which comes in three pieces (bodice, skirt, and a green sash), was designed by Walter Plunkett, who restored it before he passed in 1982. It was then donated by Daniel Selznick, the son of Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2004, the dress was donated to the Natural History Museum’s collection of Hollywood costumes. Ten years later and for the first time, it is on public display for everyone to see.

In the film, the dress was worn by Scarlett O’Hara in crucial scenes that depicted the barbecue party during which she meets Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler, and the beginning of the war is announced.

While Gone With the Wind is set in the south, the movie was filmed in Los Angeles. More interestingly, the barbecue party scene was in fact filmed in Pasadena. The dress will be on display for 6 months, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the release of the film.

Natural History Museum admission gives you access to the Dinosaur Hall, grand diorama halls, Nature Gardens, Nature Lab, the Gem and Mineral Hall, Becoming L.A., the Dino Lab, Just Add Water, and more. General admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors aged 62 and above, and $3 for children ages 3 to 12 years old. Kids 2 years old and below can enter for free.

For more information on ticket prices and exhibit offerings, log on to tickets.nhm.org.

The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 763-3466 or visit www.nhm.org.

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