If there is a conversation between the fashion's showiness and the stage's stylishness – a crossroad between Broadway and Seventh Avenue – then it may be seen in the exhibit "Where Runway Meets Broadway" at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum in Boca Raton.
The display will include costumes from 35 shows, such as "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," "No, No, Nanette," "Coco," "Les Miserables," "High Society," "Bells Are Ringing" and "The Music Man." The installation opens to the public on September 24 and will run throughout the fourth season of the Wick Theatre, ending May 14, 2017. There will be a sneak peek and runway show at a gala luncheon on September 23.
Here is more about the exhibit in a Q and A with the museum's curator, Kimberly Wick, who is also a costume designer with the family's Costume World Rentals and vice-president of the Wick.
What inspired this exhibit?
I've been doing this a long time. I am 100 percent my mother's daughter; I grew up in a costume trunk. But I've always loved vintage clothes. It's my vice. I'm not a big drinker. I don't do drugs. But my boyfriend will tell you, no matter where we are I have to stop at that antique store. In a way, it was a way to marry two of my loves and highlight these beautiful wardrobes of different eras. For example, these beautiful dresses from the early 1900s [in her personal vintage collection] and these are exactly Marian's wardrobe from "The Music Man." I just thought it would be interesting to show the vintage piece that inspired that wardrobe. This is a way to show the vintage clothes and the wardrobes they inspired on Broadway.
Why did you focus on the period from the 1880s to the 1980s?
Well, first of all we wanted to have vintage wardrobes that would be accurate. Prior to the 1880s, things are pretty fragile. We started sorting out garments about six months ago. One dress we worked on for a month at least. We've taken things completely apart and marked them to reassemble as is. These things are not overnight restoration jobs. They take many, many, many hours to restore. Our ladies who work at Costume World have been challenged by this. They are really enjoying it. They are learning a new craft in a way.
What are you personal favorite parts of the exhibit?
The lobby of the museum is a tribute to the 1956 magnificent wardrobe of "My Fair Lady." It's designed by Cecil Beaton and every thing in that front room was from that original production. It's a show stopper when you walk in that front. The '20s and '30s are really strong with the shows, which are really well known because of the songs. And we have Edwardian jet beading like you've never seen in your life.
How has the museum been transformed for this exhibit?
The foot print of the museum as it existed was really inspired by the original museum and tour in Pompano [Beach, where the family had a costume museum before opening the Wick in 2013]. We kind of replicated that. But this is a total re-imagining of the space, which is why the museum was closed all summer...new carpets, new displays, new lighting, new everything.
"Where Runway Meets Broadway" runs Sept. 24-May, 14, 2017 at the Wick, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Tours are offered by reservation daily at 11 a.m. and are followed by a luncheon for $48. Other museum tour-with-dining packages include: a cabaret singer performance ($58); matinee performance ($115); champagne, dinner and show ($130) and champagne with hors d'oeuvres ($75). The gala luncheon on September 23 is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with admission costing $150 ($100 is tax deductible). To make a reservation, call 561-995-2333 or go to TheWick.org.