Costumes from one of the most lavish shows in the history of Las Vegas has a new home at the Nevada State Museum.
A new exhibit called the “Showgirl Wall” features costumes from several shows including Jubilee!
The dazzling show entertained millions of guests for 35 years at Bally’s Las Vegas. Now, some of the costumes and the original sketches from designer Pete Menefee are on display.
“It is a very cool partnership that we formed with Caesars Entertainment to reunite the show’s original costume with the original sketches,” said Karan Feder, curator of costume and textiles at the Nevada State Museum. “Included in our collection are what we called the ‘Jubilee! wardrobe bibles.’ Designers Bob Mackie and Pete Menefee’s assistant compiled these ‘bibles’ which had every sketch and hundreds of pages of notes in three-ring binders.”
The Showgirl Display at the museum opened June 1, 2019.
The first pieces on display are from the Titanic number.
“The Titanic costumes that are on display were from 2012 when Pete, who was the original costume designer for Jubilee, was rehired to reimagine what the number might look like today,” said Feder.
Feder said currently on display is a dress that survived the 1980’s fire at what is now known as Bally’s Las Vegas.