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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Dita Von Tesse

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The Show(girl) Goes on The iconic vegas showgirl is quickly becoming a Thing of The pasT, buT you can sTill bask in her glow off The sTrip. by tess eyrich photography Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau Folies Bergère showgirls Felicia Atkins and Joyce Grayson strut their stuff at the Tropicana in 1969. Since the closing of Jubilee after its 34-year run at Bally's last December, Vegas's key cultural institutions have made moves to protect the history of the city's most celebrated symbol of femininity: the showgirl. In 2015, the Nevada State Museum augmented its Costume & Textile Collection with the donation of a massive archive of props and outfits—some of which arrived still on their original steel hangers— from the 50-year run of Les Folies Bergère at the Tropicana. The collection is still being curated, but for now you'll find a bejeweled costume on loan inside Downtown's Mob Museum, while a second exhibit is slated to take up residence inside the Las Vegas Convention Center this summer. According to Karan Feder, the Nevada State Museum's guest curator of costume and textiles, acquiring the memorabilia was a major coup for the museum because such collections often are sold to the highest bidders (many of whom live abroad) after shows close. "It's usually just a money thing," Feder says, "but these costumes are so important for us to have in Vegas because they help tell our story." 309 S. Valley View Blvd., 702- 486-5205; museums. . full frontal 8

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