Friday, 12 October 2012

Hollywood Costume at the V&A

I can't believe I haven't already posted about this! The biggest costume event of the year is about to open at the V&A Museum....


This incredible celebration of the most iconic costume designs in film will open to the public next week, on Saturday 20th October (19th October is the Member's Preview Day). Over 100 items will be shown, from films made over the last century - from 1912 to 2012.

The exhibition will be spread over three galleries, each representing a step in the costume design process - first, 'Deconstruction' describes the design process, then 'Dialogue' explores the relationship between the costume designer and creative team. Lastly in room 3, 'Finale', will be some of the most famous costumes in film history.

Gwyneth Paltrow's dress from Shakespeare in Love. Photo by Paul Grover.

Dorothy's pinafore from The Wizard of Oz
Amongst the many items to go on display will be Dorothy's pinafore dress from The Wizard of Oz,  Kate Winslet's twill suit from Titantic, Jack Sparrow's outfit from Pirates of the Caribbean and Gwyneth Paltrow's incredibly intricately embroidered dress for Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love.
Cate Blanchette in Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Photos courtesy of V&A, Lucasfilm/Paramount/The Kobal Collection, Walt Disney Pictures/The Kobal Collection
I'll be visiting the V&A next weekend for sure, and I'll post about my favourite costumes from the exhibition. Let me know what you think of it when you visit too!
'Hollywood Costume' opens at the V&A, South Kensington, on October 20th - for more information, go to the V&A website.

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