Las Vegas–Before Lady Gaga’s bubble dress, before Michael Jackson’s sequined glove and before Elton John’s feather boas, there was Liberace.
And if you have this unsettling feeling the world is about to lose some of its glitz, you’re right. The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, which celebrated the true King of Bling, is set to close next month after 30 years in business.
The museum featured all of the performer’s over-the-top jewelry, candelabras, pianos, cars, and of course, glitzy costumes. The Liberace Foundation will continue to have control over all the merchandise, possibly putting it on tour for a traveling exhibition.
But affection for the flamboyant performer will live on–Steven Soderbergh has a planned Liberace biopic under way. Liberace died in 1987, but his over-the-top fashion legacy continues to inspire.