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Costumes in the Spotlight

December 15, 2014

Hollywood Costume


From Dorothy's ruby slippers to Indiana Jones’ hat, and from Daisy Buchanan’s divine flapper frocks to Mary Poppins’ bird-headed umbrella, the clothes are every bit as integral in bringing to life a character as the actor who portrays the part – and, in some cases, go on to become as iconic as the movies they appear in. Proving this point now is the joint exhibition held by the Academy and London’s The Victoria and Albert Museum, heralding the humble wardrobe department with a showcase of 150 renowned and remarkable film costumes, including Marilyn Monroe’s iconic, wind-catching white dress, Kate Winslet’s Titanic headtopper, Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill jumpsuit and the skintight Spider-Man outfit that Tobey Maguire was repeatedly stitched into.


Held at the site of what will eventually be the Academy Museum on the Miracle Mile, the theatrical multi-media exhibition includes some of the most memorable outfits ever to grace the silver screen, ranging from gowns that appeared in Golden Age classics to the sci-fi suits of contemporary action blockbusters (hello, Hunger Games!). Grouped together in era-spanning thematic collections – a mannequin wearing Marlene Dietrich’s Morocco tuxedo lights a cigarette for another clothed in that Basic Instinct shift – the ensembles are paired with written insights from their designers and filmed interviews with showbiz big names like Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese. For the very first time the most famous shoes in Oz also appear alongside Dorothy’s blue gingham pinafore. Lights, camera, costumes!


Until 2 March 2015.


Wilshire May Company Bldg /  6067 Wilshire Blvd  / +1 310 247 3049 / 11am-5pm Mon-Tue & Thu, 11am-8pm Fri, 10am-7pm Sat-Sun, closed Wed, Christmas and Oscar Sunday (22 Feb 15) /