Gone With The Wind: $30k effort to preserve fading costumes

Gone With The Wind: $30k effort to preserve fading costumes

Frankly my dear, we DO give a damn: The $30,000 effort to preserve fading costumes from Gone With The Wind

5:28 PM on 20th July 2011

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

Movie history: The elaborate gowns from 1939 film Gone With The Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, have become faded and worn over time, though a $30,000 restoration project aims to repair them

Cara Varnell

Aged: Cara Varnell, who specialises in restoring Hollywood film costumes, found that the once vibrant green curtain dress, has developed long faded streaks that have turned sections of the fabric a mustard brown

Cara Varnell Cara Varnell

Cultural importance: Ms Varnell believes that the gowns” travels and faded spots are part of their history

Cara Varnell

Intact: Not all of the collection is damaged beyond repair like the curtain dress – Scarlett O”Hara”s burgundy ballgown has retained its colour, though Ms Varnell must remove feathers added after the film was made

Cara Varnell

Wear and tear: One of the feathers from the burgundy ballgown has lost one of the sparkly stones stitched into it. But Ms Varnell says that the damage is all part of the garment”s story