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Kate, Gwenyth, Keira and Ralph wore them … now see them up close for the first time

Somerset Collection hosts national debut of Hollywood Brides Unveiled as part of its annual bridal event; London-based, Academy Award-winning costumer COSPROP to display 30 original costumes  

      TROY, MI (March 1, 2010) — Somerset Collection, the region’s premier shopping and dining destination, and Academy Award-winning, London-based costume house COSPROP, are hosting Hollywood Brides Unveiled, a first-ever exhibition of 30 original wedding costumes worn by such stars as Kate Winslet (Sense and Sensibility), Gwenyth Paltrow (Emma), Keira Knightly (The Duchess), Amy Irving (Yentyl), Meryl Streep (Out of Africa), Colin Firth (Pride and Prejudice), and Ralph Fiennes (The Duchess). 

      Making its national debut at Somerset Collection, Hollywood Brides Unveiled, part of this year’s annual bridal showcase, runs from Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 21.  The exhibit, located in the Somerset Collection North Grand Court, is free to the public and will be open daily during center hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 6 p.m.

      Culled from the more than 250,000 costumes and accessories in the COSPROP archive spanning more than 250 years, the pieces selected for Hollywood Brides Unveiled — usually exhibited in museums around the world — will allow visitors to get up close and examine the lavish details and exquisite craftsmanship.  As well, docents will be on hand to answer questions about each costume.

      “Many of the costumes have become just as iconic as the stars who’ve worn them,” said Nancy Lawson, North American representative for COSPROP and curator of the exhibit.

      As much as any other production element costumes, in ways subtle or not so subtle, contribute a great deal to the development of characters and the telling of a story.  

      “We may not remember lines verbatim from a movie, but we will recall the star absentmindedly fingering the gem-like glass buttons on her dress like a talisman, or the leading man tying his cravat with a confident flourish,” Ms. Lawson said. 

      She added, “Actors welcome the authenticity of such costumes in preparing for roles.  The formality of period dressing, which can be constrictive due to its intricate cut or corsetry, forces the actor to stand or move differently … and soon they’re walking — figuratively — in their characters’ shoes.”    

Coming down the aisle – and setting up home – in style

      In addition to Hollywood Brides Unveiled, the Somerset Collection Bridal Event will include four live runway shows of bridal fashions and accessories available from Somerset merchants.  The shows, held in the Somerset Collection North Grand Court on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m., are free to the public with first-come seating. 

      Further, on the second floor of Somerset South, guests can explore a world of registry and gift-giving ideas available from the more than 70 Somerset merchants that participate in The Registry at Somerset.  Running in conjunction with Hollywood Brides Unveiled and open during center hours, The Registry at Somerset Bridal Suite is merchandised with traditional registry options – kitchen and bath accessories, for example, and ideas for the couple who have everything – his and hers spa products or sports gear. 

      The Registry at Somerset Bridal Suite will also feature a display of wedding and celebration cakes from The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn, as well as floral arrangements courtesy of Emerald City Designs of Farmington Hills. 

      Finally, each bride-to-be who registers with The Registry at Somerset will receive a hand towel from Scandia Down, a Williams-Sonoma apron and either hand soap or hand lotion from Restoration Hardware; the hand towel and apron may be monogrammed. 

      Founded in 1965 by six-time Academy Award nominee and Oscar winning (Room with a View) costume designer John Bright, COSPROP is one of the world’s leading costumers to the film, television and theater industries.  It specializes in period dress, both originals and reproductions, from 1700 – 1970.  COSPROP also supplies textiles and other period accessories for room settings. 

      Somerset Collection, owned and managed by The Forbes Company, is located on the corner of Big Beaver Road and Coolidge in Troy.  A 700-foot long glass enclosed moving skywalk spans Big Beaver connecting Somerset North with Somerset South. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s, Somerset Collection is home to more than 180 stores and restaurants, where many of which have their only area or statewide location including Tiffany & Co., Barneys New York Co-Op, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Henri Bendel, Crate & Barrel and The Capital Grille. Information about center or store-specific events, as well as store hours can be found at  

      Based in Southfield, Michigan, The Forbes Company ( is a nationally recognized owner, developer and manager of iconic regional shopping centers, renowned throughout their respective markets for their retail innovation, fashion leadership, distinctive architecture and luxury appointments.  In addition to Somerset Collection, these properties include: The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; The Mall at Millenia in Orlando; and Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida.

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