Bid to save Gone With the Wind gowns

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A US museum is trying to raise funds to restore five dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the 1939 Oscar-winning film Gone With The Wind.

The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has launched an appeal to raise $30,000 (£19,000) to exhibit the gowns to mark the movie's 75th anniversary in 2014.

"The costumes are in fragile condition and cannot currently be exhibited," the centre said in a statement.

It also hopes to loan the dresses to other museums around the world.

"There are areas where the fabric has been worn through, fragile seams and other problems," Jill Morena, the centre's collection assistant for costumes and personal effects said.

The Ransom Center acquired the costumes in the mid-1980s as part of the collection of Gone With The Wind producer David Selznick.

By then, they had already been through decades of travelling displays in theatres and had been on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"These dresses have been under a lot of stress. Film costumes weren't meant to last, they are only meant to last through the duration of filming," Morena said.

The costumes are among the most famous in Hollywood history and played a key role in one of the most classic films....

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