Marlon Brando a guest in textiles room of Discovery Museum
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WAUCONDA Monday May 20 2013 The Lake County Discovery Museum's textile collection includes a variety of hats.| Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Second in a series of stories about historic treasures that can be found at Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda.
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Updated: September 9, 2013 7:21PM
WAUCONDA — Marlon Brando is lurking in one of the many rooms in Lake County Discovery Museum’s archives.
Or rather, a mannequin made to resemble the Mundelein native stands in the textiles room wearing the costume Brando wore when he played Marc Antony in the 1953 movie “Julius Caesar.”
“This costume was acquired by Debbie Reynolds. When her museum closed, this got donated,” collections coordinator Diana Dretske said.
The mannequin was the donor’s idea and creation, Reynolds said. The Brando mannequin has not been on display in the museum since it was donated in 2004, she added.
Brando is one small component of the textiles room. There are shelves lined with hats and racks full of garments ranging from wedding dresses to soldiers’ uniforms.
“We do try to get some textiles on display. The last one was a World War II wedding dresses, which was very exciting,” Dretske said.,
One of the WWII wedding dresses was made out of an entire parachute. Parachute pieces were used in dresses in the 1940s, she said.
A ball gown worn to Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration was passed down through the generations and has made its way to the museum, although it hasn’t yet been on display.
The dress’ original owner is not from Lake County, but her descendants settled in Lake County and donated the gown, according to Dretske.