Reuniting costume and costumier

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas reunites costume and costumier

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Nancy Williams was an integral part of the Las Vegas dance community from her days with the Moro-Landis Dancers in the 1940s at the El Rancho and Sahara resorts up to the time of her death in 2017.Nancy Williams' Costume 1940s

In a career in which she not only danced, but taught dance at her own studio and designed and made thousands of costumes over the decades, Williams’ skills were eagerly sought after by everyone from the noted entertainers at Las Vegas showrooms to parents and youngsters just getting started.

Now, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is paying tribute to Williams with a special exhibit in Curator Canyon.

At the center of the exhibit is a two-piece costume from the 1940s made in golden yellow satin with green tufted ball trim that was recently received as donation to the museum from Cari Byers.

The state museum has an extensive collection of photographs from the Nancy Williams family, and it was here the historic link was discovered – a photograph of Nancy herself wearing the recently donated costume.  The costume and photograph are now reunited for this exhibit, along with photographs of celebrities of the 1950s and ‘60s who inscribed their publicity stills to Nancy, ever grateful for her assistance.

Find out more about Nancy Williams’ life and contributions to the entertainment industry at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

The exhibit will be in place through February 2020.