The museum also changes its attractions on a regular basis, making it easy to find something new and memorable. For instance the Faberge exhibit, which we saw last summer, will change in January. And the one we saw last week, at a Member’s Preview will only last through March.
This is a shame!
One of the more interesting things I learned from the lecture and exhibit was the presence of an English company called Cosprop, Ltd. It was established in 1965 by John Bright, who would go on to do costumes for, among other films, Howard’s End and A Room with a View. He and his co-designer Jenny Beavan knew how much work went into the detail of providing the right material and design for period films and felt it a shame to chalk up the expense of construction as sunk costs for the film.
So, working with Merchant Ivory Productions they developed a business model that would allow the leasing of the costumes for the film, and storage of them for subsequent showings at museums around the world. Cosprop now houses more than 100,000 costumes, mostly in or near London and at any given time have dozens of collections similar to what is at the Bower at any one time. One avenue for bringing a display to a museum is through ExhibitsDevelopment. Funding for the Bowers display came from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, East West Bank, Mei-Yen Chang, and Coca-Cola. Richard Chang, writing in the OC Register did an excellentarticle, if you would like to explore the exhibit in more detail.
In any event, I would recommend a visit to The Bowers before the exhibit closed in March.
My next post will focus on a contemporary larger-than-life figure, Sir Richard Branson and why he is currently in the news. Please join me in about a week.