The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is opening a spotlight exhibit, Something in Red, in support of the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women®. The exhibition, which will feature red ensembles from several country stars, including Sara Evans, Naomi Judd and Lorrie Morgan, will open on February 3, 2012 (National Wear Red Day), and run through April 2012.
The red dress is a symbol of the fight against heart disease in women. Several country artists have partnered with the American Heart Association and the museum to raise awareness of this disease, the number one killer of women, by making their own red dresses available for this special exhibit.
Among the dresses featured in Something in Red:
Sara Evans’ full-length velvet sheath with feathers, designed by Victor Costa for Nahdree and worn at the 1999 Academy of Country Music Awards
Naomi Judd’s leather-like jacket and skirt with bugle beading, rhinestones, and tulle crinoline, designed by Esben and Vanessa Ware and the Judds and worn at the 1987 Country Music Association Awards
The JaneDear girls’ Danelle Leverett’s strapless Daisy mini-dress with floral detailing, worn on the cover of the duo’s 2011 self-titled debut album; and the JaneDear girls’ Susie Brown’s shimmering cocktail dress, designed by Ryan Gamboa and worn at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards
Lorrie Morgan’s full-length Caché gown with pleated bodice and spaghetti straps, worn on the Grand Ole Opry
Julie Roberts’ one-shouldered, matte jersey cocktail gown with rhinestone embellishments, made by Caché and worn on the Grand Ole Opry
Spotlight exhibits supplement themes and topics in the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. These short-term, informal displays provide a closer look at a particular person, group or aspect of country music, or they spotlight recently donated items or special anniversaries. Rotated often, spotlight exhibits also offer a glimpse into the museum’s unique collection, which includes recorded discs; historical photographs; films and videotapes; posters; books; songbooks; periodicals and sheet music; personal artifacts such as performers’ instruments, costumes and accessories; and more.
Other current spotlight exhibits focus on the Academy of Country Music Awards, Bobby Braddock, Nudie Cohn, Bill Monroe, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Jean Shepard and Porter Wagoner.
For more information about the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women and National Wear Red Day, visit www.goredforwomen.org.