And now, 25 years after Liberace’s death, there’s renewed interest in his life and his completely over-the-top costumes.
The hotly anticipated Steven Soderbergh-directed flick Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as the maestro and Matt Damon as his boy toy lover, airs on HBO on May 26. And tomorrow, a new book dedicated to Liberace’s costumes hits shelves.
Liberace Extravaganza! (Harper Collins, 2013), written by Connie Furr Soloman and Jan Jewett, explores the history of Liberace’s on-stage transformation, from wearing a standard tux and tails to the flamboyant numbers he later became known for. (Including some fur pieces that would send PETA into a tizzy today.)
The authors, two costume designers themselves, tracked down Liberace’s personal costume designers and meticulously photographed and recorded details of all his famous outfits. We hopped on the phone with Soloman and got the scoop on these truly unbelievable clothes.
From gold lamé Dior to a 150 pound mink fur cape, click through for a peek at some of Liberace’s sartorial treasures and learn the stories behind them.
Photos: Courtesy Harper Collins