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Hollywood Costume Exhibition @ V&A

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by Anastasia Miari (subscribe)
A freelance writer / food snob living it up in London, influenced by fashion and the arts.
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Over 100 costumes from iconic Hollywood blockbusters

The V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibition is a showcase of over 100 pieces of costume from iconic blockbusters. Highlighting just how important a role costume plays in telling a cinematic tale, the exhibition brings you that little bit closer to your favourite on-screen icons. From Scarlett O'Hara and Holly Golightly to Jack Sparrow and Darth Vader, there's a costume in this exhibition that's sure to capture everyone's attention.

The costumes included in this exhibition have been selected from a century of Hollywood films - between 1912 and 2012 - showing just how far cinema has come in such a short space of time. The exhibition is split into three galleries that takes us through different stages of the design process.

Act 1, Deconstruction will illustrate the role of the costume designer, Act 2, Dialogue, is an insight into how the team off-screen work together on the creation of a costume for these characters and finally, Act 3, Finale is a celebration of some of Hollywood's most-loved characters.

This has been well thoughtout and meticulously planned to engage visitors and open their eyes to those often overlooked in the world of cinema.

Hollywood costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, married to director John Landis has put this exhibition together through sheer will power. Now in her sixties, Deborah has worked as a costume designer in Hollywood, was head of the Costume Designer's Guild, completed her PHD, has written a number of books and has an endowed chair at UCLA University. Vehement in her belief that costume designers don't receive the recognition they deserve, Deborah is keen to explain the role of the costume designer.

When we asked Deborah about the exhibition she said, "Ultimately, the exhibition is not what the general public is going to expect. It's kind of a bait and switch. The bait is the artefact. It's the green curtain dress that Vivien Leigh wore in Gone with the Wind, it's Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, The Matrix, Fight Club. The bait is on and on and on and on. The heart of the exhibition is the culmination of everything I've been trying to do in my life. I've been trying to throw some light on costume design and costume designers contributions to story telling."
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Why? A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
When: 2012-10-20 - 2013-01-27
Where: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Cost: 15.50 Full (including donation*)
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