Michael Dykeman may not have brought Mike Myers or Leonardo DiCaprio to Jamestown, but he has the next best thing – the costumes they wore in some of their major films.
The “Hollywood Costumes: Selections From The Dykeman Young Collection” exhibit is a one-of-a-kind, one-time-only opportunity for area residents that will only be on display until Jan. 15.
The collection features costumes from more than 50 films, such as: “Titanic,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Kinsey,” “Across The Universe” and “Walk The Line.”
According to Dykeman, the selection of authentic original costumes is part of a working collection he sold to Western Costume Company.
“It was one of the largest private collections of vintage clothing in the world and we leased clothing to films,” Dykeman said. “When I sold the collection I kept all of the principal wardrobe – there was probably three times this amount.”
Dykeman has never before put the collection on display, and the only reason he decided to, was for charity, he said.
“You’d normally never see an event like this in a small town – you might see it in a museum in a city,” Dykeman said. “Hopefully the community supports this because it will help two local organizations who are very worthy of the money.”
In addition to being a unique opportunity, the show is also a fundraiser for both The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and Evergreen Health Services, formerly AIDS Community Services. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be split between the two organizations.
Kimberly Lombard, director for Evergreen Health Services, attended the exhibit to see what it was all about.
“Michael Dykeman has been a longtime supporter of Evergreen Health Services, so it’s no surprise he would plan an event to offer support – it’s very typical of his generosity,” Lombard said. “We really appreciate all our supporters from the area, because they always come out to support our events – I’m sure this will be no exception. It’s appropriate that costumes from movies would be used as a benefit for Evergreen Health Services since so many people that worked in the movie and entertainment industry have been affected by HIV and AIDS.”
Lombard, who attended the exhibit with Laurie Matson, director for Evergreen Health Services, was quite impressed with what she saw, she said.
“I’ve put my name on a few of the costumes to see if they have them in a size eight,” Lombard joked. “There are some wonderful designs for women from certain periods that were made really well. But, also I think seeing your favorite movies and then connecting those moments with the costumes is really something. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this here in Jamestown.”
The Dykeman Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium is located at 100 E. Second St. in Jamestown. Admission is $6, and the gallery is open from 1-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 483-5772 or search for “Dykeman Young, Inc. Gallery And Vintage Emporium” on Facebook.