Split into three acts moving through three different galleries, the exhibition guides you through the journey each 'costume' takes.
HOLLYWOOD COSTUME AT THE V&A07.12.12
Fashion fanatics and movie buffs alike have been making their way to the Victoria & Albert Museum this autumn to capture a little slice of Hollywood glamour, thanks to its latest exhibition; Hollywood Costume. Exploring the central role costume plays in cinema storytelling, it brings together hundreds of costumes worn by much-loved characters, in much-loved films, from Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz to Holly Golilghtly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Act 1: Deconstruction
This opening gallery shows us how the costume designer develops a character, taking them from script to screen. Research is a huge part of this creative process to discover 'who' the character is and what they should wear. Here you'll find case studies including sketches, research and a break down of costumes from movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Fight Club and The Adams Family.
Act 2: Dialogue
The next gallery explores the relationship between the costume designer and filmmakers, as well as the actors themselves. With specially-comissioned interviews, actors such as Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro provide insight into the 'coming to life' aspect costume brings to character. While an in-depth look at Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds, demonstrates the collaboration between the director himself and legendary costume designer, Edith Head, over the green suit famously worn by Tippi Hedren.
Act 3: Finale
The final gallery is a celebration of Hollywood heroes, villains and femme fatales, where you get to feast your eyes on some iconic silver screen costumes. From Dick Tracy to Batman and jaw-dropping frocks like Holly Golightly's Givenchy and that green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Atonement, you score an up-close look at costumes with a greater appreciation of how these wonderful clothes help shape our favourite films.