Debbie Reynolds' iconic outfits to be displayed in new museum

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Todd Fisher poses atop glass cases displaying three dresses that Reynolds wore during her career: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Debbie Reynolds' son plans to celebrate her Hollywood career by displaying some of her most iconic outfits in a new museum.

Todd Fisher also hopes to showcase props and items from his mother’s biggest movies such as Singin’ In The Rain and Charlotte’s Web.

The actress began collecting memorabilia, including the typewriter from Citizen Kane, in the 1960s and at one point had around 3,000 costumes from across dozens of Academy Award-winning films.

After a failed attempt to launch a Las Vegas museum for the collection in the 1990s, Reynolds began auctioning off some of the outfits before her death in December, aged 84.

Now Todd Fisher is laying plans for a new museum in Hollywood, starting with an exhibition of his mother's most famous garments from her biggest movies at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.

Fisher revealed his mother was "obsessed" with preserving costumes.

He told People: "At one point, we had 3,000 costumes that represented every Academy Award-winning film that had ever been even nominated for Best Production Design or Costume Design since the beginning of the Academy, and beyond ... People have no clue how into this she was."

He said next step would be to "build a little museum at Debbie Reynolds Studios temporarily".

"I know that a museum is slow-coming. I will put that up first, and I will show them the way. Let's just see what happens."

"There were many attempts in the early years to actually put this together, and it never happened."

Fisher added: "I'm doing what I think my mother would want, based on my genetics, based on my upbringing, based on my programming from her. And boy, don't get in my way."

The outfits will be displayed from April 6 to April 9 at TCMFF.

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