Hollywood Costumes at the V&A

I often suggest purchasing tickets to what i expect to be blockbuster exhibitions way in advance and it does seem rather extreme.   But the months do pass quickly and, of course, it’s something to look forward to.

Here are the things which i’ll be looking forward to seeing next October at the V&A Hollywood Costume exhibition which is to  include over 100 of the most iconic and unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking.  The galleries  will 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.

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in 'The Wizard of Oz', 1939, costume designed by Adrian. MGM/The Kobal Collection

Judy Garland’s gingham dress from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, 1939

according to the curator:

While searching for Dorothy’s gingham pinafore dress from The Wizard Of Oz, assistant curator Keith Lodwick received a phone call from an anonymous collector requesting a meeting outside Temple underground station.  From there, Lodwick and Nadoolman Landis were taken to a bank vault in Fleet Street, where a large box was produced. Under layers of tissue paper lay the gingham pinafore.  “I put my gloves on, and turned it inside out to check if it was the real thing, and it was. That was a holy grail moment, for all of us.”

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 1981, costume designed by Deborah Nadoolman. Lucasfilm/Paramount/The Kobal Collection

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, 1981

Barbara Steisand’s Costume in Funny Girl, 1968

Marleine Deitrich Angel, 1937

And finally the one i really look forward to which i have heard might be in the collection: The shirt from Brokeback Mountain worn by both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.


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