It seems that the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh playing Scarlet O'Hara in the movie Gone With The Wind are falling apart. The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas is the current home of some of the most well known gowns from the movie, but they have become too shop-worn to be exhibited.
The museum is trying to raise $30,000 to restore the gowns to their former glory so they can be part of an exhibition planned in 2014 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the movie. It seems that dresses made for a movie are made to last as long as it takes to make the movie, not for 75 years, so these dresses need a lot of repair.
Among the dresses is the "Green Curtain Dress," a symbol of Scarlett's determination, made from the curtains at Tara when was trying to convince Rhett that things were well, when in fact she was desperate.
They also include the wedding dress Scarlett wore when she married Charles Hamilton,
and the burgandy ball gown.
I am as big a fan of Gone With The Wind as most people, but I am not sure that I would get my checkbook out to contribute to the restoration of the dresses, though I guess I hope it gets done.
I might however consider a small contribution to restoring the dress Carol Burnett wore in a parody of the "Green Curtain Dress" from Gone With The Wind in a sketch entitled Went With The Wind on her TV show in 1976. This dress made from curtains with the curtain rod still intact is a true classic.