If you haven’t heard (where have you been!) the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas recently opened the Memorabilia Exhibition, a 2,800 square foot space dedicated to showcasing an ever-evolving mix of iconic artist memorabilia. The collection includes more than 250 pieces; many of which haven’t been seen in decades. It’s a one-of-a-kind viewing experience of history and authentic pieces worn by iconic music artists.
While there’s a lot to take in, one of the show-stopping exhibits within the experience is the “wall of women.” Boldly displayed under an expansive video wall, the homage to the fiercest women of music showcases 16 artists through their one-of-a-kind clothing.
Whose fashions will you see? The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas pulled out all the stops and you can see everything from an extraordinarily beaded gown from Mariah Carey’s personal collection to Christina Aguilera’s chaps and bikini worn in the “Dirrty” music video.
But, when we asked Beau Dobney, the Exhibition’s resident curator, what item in the women’s collection stands out from the rest, he takes us to Rihanna’s black leather ensemble. “It’s one of the most intricate among the collection,” Dobney said. At first appearance it looks like a playsuit (a short sleeve and shorts jumper), but Dobney says it’s the inside that makes this particular piece so special. The playsuit is lined with an intricate spider web print. It was custom-made for Rihanna by Fee Doran (Mrs. Jones) for a single performance.
In addition to Mariah, Christina, and Rihanna, the wall of women’s fashion also displays a cream latex ensemble worn by Miley Cyrus, outfits custom-made for Avril Lavigne, Gerri Halliwell (Spice Girls), Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Britney, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks. Pieces worn by Naomi Judd and Ann Wilson round out the iconic apparel.
The Hard Rock Memorabilia Exhibition is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Admission is free. The Exhibit is located off the Paradise Road entrance, just before Pink Taco. This is a limited engagement so check it out now!