GRAMMY Museum presents Dolly Parton costume exhibit

Month long event will be on display in Downtown Los Angeles

In honor of Dolly Parton being named 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, the GRAMMY Museum has announced Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton presented by City National Bank opening next month. The exhibit will showcase iconic costumes and pieces from her personal archive and will be the first Parton has had in the United States outside of her Tennessee theme park Dollywood.

Diamond in a Rhinestone World opens February 4th when Parton will discuss stories and the history behind these costumes at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater as part of an exclusive Town Hall Program. The exhibit opens to the public on February 5th and will run through March 17th.

The exhibit will offer a retrospective of Parton’s career and most iconic fashion moments. The exhibit will also feature WHIM canvasses now at the Museum, making the GRAMMY Museum the first museum to showcase WHIM’s unique ability to see music differently and experience more.

“I probably have thousands of dresses from over the years,” states Parton. “I had a hard time letting go of some of my favorites, but I’m excited for them to be included in this exhibit. I can’t wait to see them on display at the GRAMMY Museum!”

This exhibit captures the spirit of Parton through some of her most cherished outfits, which include costumes from her most memorable album covers, music videos, and live performances.

“To say that it’s an honor to showcase Dolly Parton’s all-time greatest outfits and her first exhibit in the United States outside of Dollywood at the GRAMMY Museum is an understatement,” comments the Museum’s Executive Director Michael Sticka. “Displaying these extraordinary costumes and pieces will take you through a career that has spanned decades of someone who is beloved as both a groundbreaking artist and a trendsetting pioneer. We are extremely grateful to Dolly for letting us feature some of the most memorable and innovative outfits in music history.”

Exhibit highlights include the beloved costumes from the “Home” music video, the iconic pink dress from the Backwoods Barbie album cover and music video, the outfits from her Live In London 2009 and Red Rocks concerts, and more.

The 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute will be held Friday, February 8th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. The concert will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Linda Perry, P!nk, Mark Ronson, Mavis Staples, and Chris Stapleton with a special closing performance by Parton.

Dolly Parton is being recognized as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 29th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, a charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

Buddy Iahn
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