Saturday, 3 November 2012

An Update and Hollywood Costume @ V&A Museum

It's been a busy busy week, and it's not over yet! With schoolwork (I really should call it university now, but I just can't get that into my head!), two very exciting projects I'm involved in, and preparations for the show I'm working on next week with Green Room Productions, I haven't had a moment to spare! At university (!) we're making Victorian bodices, which is a lot of fun (and a whole lot of learning). I'll post some photos of my finished bodice soon. You can read about one of the projects I'm working on at the moment with the Much Hadham Forge Museum here - I'll reveal the other project next week! Although here's a clue in the meantime....  Go to Green Room Productions website to learn more about the show I'm helping with next week - The Scarlet Pimpernel!

Despite the packed schedule this week, I got to see the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A - and it was AMAZING!!! We went as a class, and needless to say it was incredibly inspiring to us costume crazy people!

My favourite display was the Royal collection. Suptuous gowns, in rich colours, velvets, with extensive beading and embroidery...what could be better!?!?!?

I found this quote in Room 1 very interesting - it highlights the importance of good costume design and what it brings to a production:

"Inhabiting a character is the actor’s profession, and they transform themselves into hundreds of roles over the course of their careers. Actors often discover their characters in the fitting room. This is not so much a change of clothes as a change of skin.

Costumes are so much more than clothes – they are the means to channel new people. The actor’s gait, posture, gestures and their entire physicality are informed by what they wear. "

'Hollywood Costume' was truly a celebration of costume design in film - I was worried that they would 'fashionize' the costumes to relate to more visitors, but that wasn't the case at all. The costumes, the characters and the designers were given the unspoilt attention they deserved - although sadly, none of the makers were credited...

Hollywood Costume is on at the V&A in London until 27th January 2013 - read more about it here.

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