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- The exhibition is a joint effort between London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which enhanced V&A's original show with the addition of over 40 costumes from films like Dallas Buyers Club, The Hu
- The show is accompanied by a stunning 320-page color catalogue edited by Hollywood Costume curator Debora Nadoolman Landis.
- The exhibit opens with act "One: Deconstruction," which explores the link between costume design and characters' identities.
- The Addams Family's wardrobe, designed by Ruth Myers.
- Dude, it's The Dude from The Big Lebowski, designed by Mary Zophres.
- Ann Roth designed this costume worn by Natalie Portman in Closer.
- In "Act Two: Dialogue," archival film footage and exclusive interviews shine a light on five key director and costume designer pirings. Here, we get a closer look at Edith Head's designs for Alred Hitchcock's The Birds.
- The exhibit reveals the story and clothing behind Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones costumes, designed by Deborah Nadoolman. Did you know his shoes are by Red Wing?
- Looks worn by the leading ladies of the Indiana Jones series.
- In specially commissioned interviews, award-winning actress Meryl Streep (fun fact: she earned her degree in costume design) discusses the role of costumes in the development of the characters she plays.
- "Act Three: Finale" showcases the looks of cinema's most memorable characters, divided into two sections: "Vamps & Vixens" and "Gunslingers & Blades." Above is Leonardo DiCaprio's suit from The Wolf of Wall Street (designed by Sandy Powell), Julia
- This dress worn by Hedy Lamarr in Samson and Delilah is made from real peacock feathers picked from director Cecil B. DeMille's own ranch.
- Susan Hayward's costume from Valley of the Dolls (designed by William Travilla), Jared Leto's costume from Dallas Buyers Club (designed by Kurt and Bart), and Marilyn Monroe's costume from Some Like it Hot (designed by Orry-Kelly).
- Femme fatales of film. Can you name them all?
- Good guys (and gals) and bad guys converge. Just a few are Uma Thurman's character from Kill Bill (designed by Kumiko Ogawa), Daniel Radcliffe's caped set from the Harry Potter series (designed by Jany Temime) and many others.
- Warren Beatty's look from Dick Tracy (designed by Milena Canonero), Faye Dunaway's legendary outfit from Bonnie and Clyde (designed by Theadora Van Runkle) The Governator's Terminator: Rise of the Machines costume (designed by April F
- Where else would you see Dorothy, Borat, Elle Woods and Austin Powers in one sitting? Designed by Gilbert Adrian, Jason Alper, Gregg Barnes, and Deena Appel, respectively.
- Almost last but certainly not least, Marilyn Monroe's iconic white halter dress from The Seven Year Itch.
Unless you're living in Madame Tussaud's world of wax, the chance to see the silver screen's most iconic characters in one place is as rare as many Hollywood hopefuls's pipe dreams-come-true. The former reality comes alive starting Thursday, October 2nd at the historic Wilshire May Company building, where Hollywood Costume makes its final bow.
The four-gallery exhibit—which showcases 150 mesmerizing costumes, including from such recent sartorial masterpieces like American Hustle, The Great Gatsby, to looks from legendary films like The Wizard of Oz, The Seven Year Itch, and Funny Girl—is "not about fashion," says curator and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Rather, the breathtaking retrospective, which spans over a century of filmmaking, focuses on "how the costume designer actually creates a character."
Up ahead, explore the must-visit exhibition, which includes works from renowned costume designers like Edith Head, Ann Roth, Cecil Beaton, Travis Banton, Catherine Martin, and many more. The show runs until next March and will include a slew of public programs, screenings, and more events that'll examine the Hollywood Costume's incredible looks and the designers behind them.
Hollywood Costume runs October 2, 2014 through March 2, 2015. Buy $20 (or $10 if you're a student) tickets here.
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