Hollywood Costumes come to the Victoria & Albert Museum

Robert de Niro as Travis Bickle in 'Taxi Driver', 1976, costume designed by Ruth Morley. Columbia /The Kobal CollectionThe lights are low, the music swells, and the screen comes to life. Cinema.  It intrigues your senses of sight and sound; the stories and characters can stay with you for a lifetime.

If ever you dreamed of donning Holly Golightly’s little black dress, Indiana Jones’ hat, or even Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, then the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is exactly where you need to go.

Without a word, before one movement is made, a person on screen becomes a character through their costume and the V&A’s exhibition shines a spotlight on the art of cinematic costume magnificently.  Unreel your imagination and rediscover your favourite films as you view over one-hundred iconic costumes.

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt in 'Titanic', 1997, costume designed by Deborah L Scott. 20th Century Fox/Paramount/The Kobal CollectionFive years in the making the exhibit is set to open on 20th October 2012 through to 27th January 2013 bringing together items from a variety of genres and time periods, from every Hollywood studio. Explore the content, craft, and character of items such as  Black Swan’s tutu or James Bond’s tuxedo.

Bond is not the only action star featured in the exhibit, discover how Jason Bourne’s jacket helped him blend into the crowd, yet stand out to the audience.  From Star Wars to Titanic the biggest films in history are all represented in this collection.

Notably, displayed for the first time outside the United States, are Dorothy’s ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, surely the crown jewels of the exhibition for the Chelsea & Country readers.  Follow the yellow brick road to the V&A before they click their heels for home.

For ticket information or to book online please visit the website. To book by phone please call: 020 7907 7073

Jessica Toukatly

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