Liberace Exhibit at Cosmopolitan

The free Liberace Exhibit at Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas has been extended by popular demand (March, 2014). The display is titled “Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume” and goes much further than simply showing off the costumes. His car, a piano, and some incredible and educational history regarding one of the penultimate performers of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas closed the doors to the public in 2010, so for those who loved his performances, this is a must-see exhibition!Liberace Exhibit at Cosmopolitan featured image

Why Liberace and Las Vegas?

Although Liberace died in 1987, he wasn’t actively performing, therefore, the younger generation probably has no idea who he was. He will forever be attached to Las Vegas due to all of the residencies and ongoing shows he contracted at many of the famous Las Vegas hotels, including the Flamingo, Caesars, and others.
And what speaks of Las Vegas more than over-the-top glitzy outfits and more? While walking on the strip by the Cosmopolitan, my eyes were drawn in by a sparkly extravagant costume along with his name displayed in the window.

The Liberace Exhibit at Cosmopolitan Hotel

Liberace suits at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Exhibit in Las Vegas

Liberace suits at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Exhibit in Las Vegas

While visiting the beautiful hotel, my husband and I also caught a glimpse of a shiny car on the main floor.  We first thought that maybe a chandelier fell to the floor!  It turns out Liberace’s car fits perfectly near the Chandelier bar!

“ One of Liberace’s most prized possessions, this car is in the Style of the Duesenberg Roadster, an iconic automobile known for its bowtie bumper and celebrity endorsers, including Rudolf Valentino, Al Capone, Clark Gable and Mae West. It is adorned with thousands of rhinestones and matches a similarly encrusted Baldwin grand piano – both of which were center stage at Liberace’s final performances at Radio City Music Hall in 1986.( www. liberace.org )

When you enter the Liberace Exhibit at Cosmopolitan Hotel, the first thing that really pops is his Baldwin famous piano.  it is covered with rhinestones and it was one of the artist’s favorites. It was last used in the finale of Liberace’s Radio City Music Hall performances back in 1986.

Liberace's Baldwin grand piano

Liberace’s Baldwin grand piano

Still, It’s All About The Costumes!

“I don’t dress this way to go unnoticed,” is a saying that Liberace is famous for–and, boy, he sure wasn’t kidding!  There are so many flamboyant and extravagant costumes to view.

Liberace’s Suits Collection

My husband and I loved that every costume has detailed explanations telling us a little history of Liberace’s artistic life and the context in which he used each piece.

True Showmanship At Its Best

Thanks to the Las Vegas News Bureau, there are several videos that show Liberace performing.  I found him very affable and simply charming!  At one time, he was the highest paid performer not just in Las Vegas, but the entire world!  Back in the 50’s, he played the Riviera for $50,000 per week.

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Whether you enjoy his performances, style, or type of music, you can not deny that he had a huge impact on the way Vegas puts on their shows and entertainment.  “I Don’t give concerts.  I put on a show.”  Liberace stated.

This amazing Liberace Exhibit at Cosmopolitan Hotel is proof positive of that.

Liberace Memorabilia

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