Neiman Marcus is celebrating the second annual AFI Dallas International Film Festival with a movie and fashion retrospective at the chain’s Dallas flagship called “Through the Lens Clearly — Icons and Images.”  

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The exhibit, which opened Thursday and will go through April 12, is free to the public and features materials from The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The arts, culture and humanities collection includes 36 million pages of manuscript and more than one million rare books, over 100,000 items in an art archive in excess of five million film-related photos.

“Whether you are an ardent film buff or someone who just likes movies, The Ransom Center exhibit presents a rare opportunity for the Dallas community to view first-hand items from this world-renowned collection,” said Steve Kornajcik, Neiman’s senior vice president of marketing and creative services.

There are more than 200 items in the show: vintage photos of Hollywood icons such as Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo and Cary Grant, costumes and storyboards from “Gone With the Wind,” including a replica of Scarlett O’Hara’s green velvet curtain dress, and Gloria Swanson’s annotated script for “Sunset Boulevard.”  

The exhibit is staged in Neiman’s various departments. For example, Alfred Hitchcock is the focus in the first-floor shoe salon, which features storyboards, props, posters and manuscripts from several of Hitchcock’s classic films, including “Rebecca,” Spellbound” and “North by Northwest.”   

The designer jewelry department has dresses from the films “Road to Morocco” and “An Affair to Remember,” among others. Dress departments include an array of items from “Gone With the Wind.”

Men’s departments pay homage to Robert De Niro with the green jacket he wore in the 1976 movie “Taxi Driver” along with his costumes from “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull” and “Casino.”  

The AFI Dallas International Film Festival runs March 27 to April 6 at art cinemas across Dallas, including the Inwood Theater, Magnolia Theater, Angelika Film Center and the Majestic Theater.

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