Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A

The V&A museum in London have another great exhibition linked to textiles that opened this weekend and which goes on until 27th January. The theme is costume design with over 100 iconic costumes spread over 3 galleries from film characters from 1912-2012.†Costumes include those from Charlie Chaplin, Avatar, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Art to name but a few. Many costumes have never been publicly displayed and catching a glimpse of them is a rare sight.†

Costume designers help tell a story as well as being historians, social commentators and anthropologies and costume design plays a key role in bringing characters to life. This exhibition not only shows costumes used in real film sets but also shows the designers process when making the character jump from the script into real life.†

Following the film theme the exhibition is divided into 'acts'. †Act 1 is titled 'Deconstruction' putting the viewer into the shoes of the costume designer; Act 2 is titled 'Dialogue' and examines the collaborative role of the costume designer within the creative team; and Act 3 which is called 'Finale' celebrates the most loved characters in the history of Hollywood and the ‘silver screen’.

These galleries are filled with cinema costumes that have never left the private and archival collections in California. Most of these clothes have never been publicly displayed and have never been seen beyond the secure walls of the studio archives.

There is also a hardback book that has been published to support the exhibition called Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis which costs £35.†

For more information on the exhibition visit†http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-hollywood-costume/ . You can also see a 7 minute video clip on costume design generally by visiting†http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/videos/h/hollywood-costume/

As well as this exhibition the 'Ballgowns' exhibition is still on until January 6th so if you visit before then you will be able to see both exhibitions (and why not take in a bit of Christmas shopping at the same time!).†

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