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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Hollywood costume celebrated by V&A

21st September 2012

Famous Hollywood costume designs are being celebrated at London's Victoria & Albert Museum and could appeal to fashion fans staying at luxury London hotels.

The special exhibition is focusing on how designers have helped to create famous movie characters via fashion and dress. On until January 27th, the show will allow visitors to see a whole host of famous outfits including Holly Golighty's little black dress, Scarlett O'Hara's green curtain costume and the white suit won by John Travolta in the 70s classic Saturday Night Fever.

Many of the pieces on display have been borrowed from overseas collections and movie studies. A special media campaign was launched to find the famous Saturday Night Fever outfit and curators have spent the last five years planning the exhibition.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Hollywood costume designer and senior guest curator, explained that the exhibition will help to show the strong role that fashion has played in Hollywood movies.

She added: "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."

Tickets cost £14 for adults and the Victoria & Albert museum is a short walk from South Kensington underground station on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines.

The museum is also currently hosting a special exhibition of ballgowns in its recently revamped fashion galleries. On until January 6th 2013, the show looks back at glamour since the 1950s and features work from designers such as Norman Hartnell, Victor Stiebel and Zandra Rhodes, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

The ballgowns on display include dresses as worn by people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Hurley.


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