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Updated Mar 26, 2014 - 7:50 am

Dressed for the occasion: Hollywood costume exhibit struts into Phoenix

PHOENIX -- Movie buffs might want to head to the Phoenix Art Museum.

The Hollywood Costume exhibit opens Wednesday, and there are some pretty fantastic things to see.

It's like walking through timeless Hollywood classics. You'll find Rocky's boxing trunks, as well as costumes from the "Bourne Identity," "The Wizard of Oz," and other classics. Marilyn Monroe's dress from the famous street scene in "The Seven Year Itch" is there.

"Hollywood Costume is really not about the clothes," said Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a UCLA professor and the curator of the exhibit. "It's really about the contribution that costume designers make to every single production, no matter what the story is."

But some fantastic costumes are here, including the Darth Vader costume worn in "Star Wars." Then there's Landis' own exhibit. She designed the Indiana Jones and other costumes in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." She said that director Steven Spielberg had a good idea what he wanted Indiana Jones to look like before he hired here.

"I gave him my drawing pad and said 'Here Steven, draw it for me." He did, and she's kept Spielberg's sketch all of these years. "Since 1980, it's been hanging in my son's room."

Also is a red carpet section featuring gowns worn by Hollywood stars on Oscar night. They include gowns worn by Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Sally Field and Glenn Close.

"The red carpet is such a hot topic these days," said museum fashion curator Dennita Sewell. "I worked with Dr. Landis. We co-curated this together to highlight the transformation between the actress as she appears in the movie and how she looks on the red carpet."

The Hollywood Costumes and Hollywood Red Carpet exhibits are open through July 6.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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