attention span when it comes to most museums. However, give me a well-curated exhibition featuring clothes or
say, handbags and I can easily linger much longer, as I did when I went to the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A in London.
The exhibition unfolds in three acts across three ground-floor galleries and features more than 130 costumes. Each costume has a quote from its designer about its relevance for the character, giving a visual history of the role costumes have played throughout a century of cinema and conveying to the audience that good costume design is not about the clothes, but about creating characters.
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monitors display a classic interview with Alfred Hitchcock and legendary costume designer Edith Head (who Mr. Man and Miss P immediately recognized from The Incredibles) discussing The Birds, and specially commissioned interviews with Tim Burton and Martin Scorsese.
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them get into character and several costumes from each of their most memorable roles are on display.
the white polyester suit from Saturday Night Fever, and iconic black suits created by Professor Landis and famously worn by the main characters in The Blues Brothers, which was directed by her husband John Landis. The costumes for superheroes Superman, Batman and Spiderman were also on display.
on much of the press material for the exhibition, and the white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, displayed on a mannequin specifically made to Monroe’s hourglass proportions, that received the most attention.
and on display at the V&A along side Dorothy’s dress. They are now, however, back at their home in Washington, DC, though the gift shop has plenty of beautifully made replicas available for purchase.
their aunt, who was actively involved in the curation of the exhibition and explained to them why the slippers, which were silver in the book, were red in the movie (red was more dramatic on screen than silver).