| This ornate costume was purportedly worn by Sid Graumen in an prologue performance for a Paramount Pictures Film. The custom made peach and silver lame long Chinese wrap robe has a side closure, silver bouillon net overlay with royal blue felt circular designs and multicolor sequins, gold lame trim along the hemline, and matching pagoda domed cap. Internal Paramount label with “S. Graumen” hand written in fountain pen. Minor repairs have been made to the mesh overlay.
Sid Grauman built two of Hollywood’s most iconic landmark theaters, Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, which opened in 1922 and Grauman’s Chinese theater built in 1926. Mr. Grauman most likely wore this costume in one of his famous prologue performances for a Paramount Pictures feature film premiere. Which were magnificent productions with enormous custom fabricated sets and elaborate costumes.
In 1929, Mr. Grauman decided to retire and sell his share to the Fox Theater Chain. However, Howard Hughs convinced Grauman to return as a managing partner to produce the world premiere of his aviation epic “Hell’s Angles”, which featured one of Grauman’s theatrical prologues. After two failed retirement attempts Grauman kept his position until his death in 1950. This costume is an incredible rare artifact from Hollywood history. A print of the image is included with the sale.
This costume is in good vintage condition and is accompanied by a letter from the costume house. Presented by The Golden Closet, your premiere source for iconic screen used wardrobe, props, and entertainment memorabilia.