A much-anticipated exhibition celebrating the rich history of costume design in the movies has been previewed at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Hollywood Costume officially opens to the public and those staying in central London hotels on October 20th. The show, which has been five years in the planning, will feature a whole host of key costumes featured in some of the most popular movies of all time.
Exhibits on display include Holly Golighty’s little black dress, Scarlet O’Hara’s green curtain outfit, Superman’s tight lycra suit, the red shoes worn by Dorothy in Wizard of Oz and the famous white three-piece suit from Saturday Night Fever.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Hollywood costume designer and senior guest curator, said: “This landmark exhibition will provide a once in a life-time opportunity to explore the most beloved characters in Hollywood history and gain insight on the role of the costume designer and their vital contribution to cinema storytelling.”
Sir Christopher Frayling, guest curator, added: “The design of costumes for films is a distinctive form of design which is often taken for granted or misunderstood. This V&A exhibition presents the ideal opportunity to set the record straight – and will do so in the most spectacular way.”
It has also been announced that around 20 years of costumes collected by the BFI will be donated to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The BBC reports that around 700 outfits will be donated to the museum, with many being in display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition. Eventually, all of the BFI collection will be housed in a permanent location yet to be confirmed.