Two outfits from the Glenn Close Collection. Courtesy photos

The exhibit “Art of the Character: Highlights from the Glenn Close Costume Collection” opened on May 6 at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University and features 56 costumes worn by actor Glenn Close in 14 productions.

Close, who has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, donated more than 800 pieces of her costume collection to Indiana University in 2017, including ensembles from Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmatians, and Dangerous Liaisons.

“All my costumes are the product of an informed, passionate collaboration,” Close says. “I’d like students and visitors to understand the connection between character and costume. I’d like them to be amazed by the artistry. And I’d like them to gain an insight into the creative process, which is basically the thing that keeps any artist’s soul alive: the actual process.”

Close formed a relationship with Indiana University in 2013 through the national nonprofit organization Bring Change 2 Mind, which she founded to destigmatize mental illness, and through her friendship with IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie.

“Art of the Character,” which runs through November 14, is free and open to the public during regular museum hours. Learn more at