You never knew how much you were dying to see Reba's very first silky blue stage costume with matching vest until it is right in front of you. Thankfully, the just-opened Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville pays tribute to all things Reba McEntire with the cameo exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am.
Reba: All the Women I Am exhibit runs through June 8, 2014. — Photo courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame
The best part about the exhibit may very well be its array of costumes - more than two dozen - which span the length and breadth of Reba's career. Some of the garments - which include personal clothing, stage wear and Broadway and movie costumes - have never before been exhibited.
In addition to that blue silk vest combo, look for a pair of Larry Mahan boots, worn by Reba while participating in barrel-racing competitions; the red jersey gown with nearly sheer bodice, designed by Sandi Spika and worn by Reba at the 1993 CMA Awards; the costume worn by Reba when she starred in the Broadway production Annie Get Your Gun (including a suede fringed jacket and chaps, corset, hat and boots); and Reba's "favorite" dress, a Sandi Spika-designed, teal, two-piece, silk shantung gown featuring a long train and beaded, sequined bodice. Add in the exhibit's personal possessions - like old performance handbills and vintage photographs - and it becomes clear just how big Reba's impact is in audio, film and video.
"It's impossible to overstate Reba's impact on country music, and her contributions go well beyond recording," said museum director Kyle Young in an announcement about the opening. "She heightened production values for country concerts, adding elaborate stages, video screens and multiple costume changes. We are looking forward to telling the rich, inspiring and always entertaining story of one of country music's brightest lights."
The exhibit runs through June 8, 2014.