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Gone With the Wind Dresses Being Restored at Harry Ransom Center

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Photo by Dan Reese for KUT News
One of the three dresses currently being restored at the Harry Ransom Center. The dresses are part of the Selznick film collection.

Conservation work is underway on three of the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the movie, "Gone with the Wind." The work at UT's Harry Ransom Center comes after the institution raised $30,000 for the restoration.

An independent textile conservator, Cara Varnell, is working on three of the dresses, including the famous "curtain dress" from the 1939 Oscar-winning film.

The restoration work should be done by the end of the week. Center officials are still considering how to display the dresses to the public.

Watch this video to hear an interview with Varnell and see some of the dresses she's restoring.

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