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Exhibit Features Emergence of the Las Vegas Fashion Scene

Public history students collaborate with Nevada State Museum to showcase Vegas outfits from the 1960s and 1970s.
Campus News  |  Oct 17, 2012  |  By Afsha Bawany
Media Contact: Afsha Bawany, UNLV Media Relations, (702) 895-5515

What

UNLV public history students curated “Vegas Style,” an exhibit on Las Vegas fashion in the 1960s and 1970s for the Nevada State Museum. The collection includes beaded gowns, fringed Helldorado Day apparel, and Las Vegas showgirl outfits.

When

The exhibit runs from Nov. 17, 2012 until June 2013.

Where

Nevada State Museum (at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve)
309 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107

Details

The exhibit features clothing and costumes from the Liberace Foundation, The Morelli House and Clark County Museum. UNLV students spent the summer months collecting historical material, documenting, and working alongside the Nevada State Museum to learn how to build and design sets. The exhibit offers a glimpse into how people dressed in the ’60s and ’70s and the emergence of Las Vegas as a center for trendsetting.

The exhibit also features 60 Las Vegas News Bureau photos of Las Vegas celebrities performing in their entertainer's outfits including Penn & Teller, Shecky Greene and members of The Rat Pack - Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

The exhibit opens to the public Nov. 17 and is included with the cost of general admission. Please note the museum’s hours of operation.

About the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority News Bureau

In 1947, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce established the News Bureau to promote Las Vegas as leisure destination through photography. At first, the staff took pictures of tourists dining or getting married and then sent the photos back to the visitors' hometown papers for publication - a technique that proved fruitful in small towns across the states. It wasn't long before the News Bureau's photographers were photographing entertainers, visiting dignitaries and community events. Images were transmitted around the world, helping drive the publicity machine for Las Vegas. The LVCVA acquired the News Bureau in the early 1990s. Today, the News Bureau is an integral part of the LVCVA's marketing efforts, photographing current events and sharing its archives with the community through exhibitions.