The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Hollywood has announced some of the legendary movie items that will comprise their costume collection when it eventually opens in 2020.
The Academy received actor Bela Lugosi’s Dracula cape as a partial gift from his family: “My father’s screen-worn cape has had a very special place in my life and in the lives of my children and grandchildren. In fact, it has been a part of my mother’s household and then my household since I was born—for over eighty years,” said his son Bela G. Lugosi. “It became clear that there is no better home for the cape than the Academy Museum, allowing movie lovers to view a piece of classic horror film history and enjoy Bela Lugosi’s acclaimed performance for years to come.”
Exhibitions curator Jessica Niebel added: “This outstanding acquisition simultaneously represents the character of Count Dracula as a cultural icon and the life and career of an extraordinary actor, Bela Lugosi. It is important to us as a museum to be able to restore and safeguard this artefact, especially knowing that much of the material history of the classic horror cycle has been lost forever. We are deeply grateful to the Lugosi family for entrusting us with a treasure that means so much to them.”
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures project, situated on the site of the old May Co. department store on the Miracle Mile, was first announced in 2012, however, has been delayed several times with costs spiralling due to unanticipated construction challenges involving the Death Star-like spherical structure that will be its defining feature.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter