Radio-Canada costume collection's second life to cost $2M over 9 years

The second life of Radio-Canada's expansive costume collection will cost $2 million over nine years and the City of Montreal will foot $600,000 of those costs.

70,000 costumes and 20,000 accessories to be moved to former Montreal Public Library

Radio-Canada's 70,000-piece costume collection will be moving to its new home in April 2016. (Radio-Canada)

The second life of Radio-Canada's expansive costume collection will cost $2 million over nine years and the City of Montreal will foot $600,000 of those costs.

Mayor Denis Coderre revealed the figures on Wednesday.

The City of Montreal is among a group that stepped in to ensure the collection remained intact after Radio-Canada announced its closure in 2014 to save money.

The collection includes 70,000 costumes and 20,000 accessories and is one of the largest in North America.

In December, the City of Montreal joined Quebec's Ministry of Culture, private producers and a not-for-profit community development corporation to save the collection.

With a new logo and new location, Le grand costumier will be a costume-lending and creation service available to anyone working in the film and television industry in Montreal.

It will be housed on five floors of back storage rooms at the former Montreal Public Library, now known as the Édifice Gaston-Miron.

The costume collection will be housed on five floors of back storage rooms at the former Montreal Public Library, now known as the Édifice Gaston-Miron. (Radio-Canada)

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