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In conjunction with the exhibition “Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation,” award-winning costume designer Vinilla “Vin” Burnham will give a free presentation Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

The presentation, titled “Touching the Stars: Costume Design from the Covent Garden to Hollywood,” will focus on Burnham’s work for feature films, theater, opera, ballet and television. In addition to designing the Lady Gaga’s “Living Dress,” Burnham is the talent behind the Batsuit, the Penguin and Catwoman costumes for “Batman Returns.”

She also is known for her “creature” creations, including creatures for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in London as well as Aslan the Lion for the BBC production of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Costume designer Vinilla Burnham, who created Lady Gaga's "Living Dress"
and the Batsuit for "Batman Returns", will give a free presentation at the
Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. (Photo courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art)

The designer recently launched “The Little Costume Shop,” a collection of intricately detailed miniatures of opera and ballet costumes, which are housed at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.

The “Touching the Stars” presentation is cosponsored by the Museum and the Ballet Theatre of Toledo.

Jan. 20 also is the last day to see “Made in Hollywood.” Throughout January, tickets to the exhibition are $4 each for non-members. Admission for museum members is free.

“Made in Hollywood” showcases more than 90 prints by the most important photographers working in Hollywood from 1920 to 1960 and highlights classic images of idols such as Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. The exhibition celebrates the finest portraits and still photography drawn from the London-based archive of late author and collector John Kobal. The touring exhibition was organized in 2008 by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. TMA is its final stop.

The local showing of “Made in Hollywood” is made possible by the Toledo Museum of Art members and sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac. The exhibition and related special programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council’s sustainability grant program funded by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue. For general information, call 800-644-6862, or visit

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