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Hollywood costume exhibition opens in London

10-22-2012 11:23 BJT

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Costumes worn by a host of movie stars, from Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz , to Keira Knightly in Anna Karenina, are about to go on display in London.

Encompassing Audrey Hepburn’s little black number in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Spider Man’s costume, the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition looks at costume design through the ages. The curators have spent five years getting permission not just for the costumes, but for the extracts of the actors in the films. Even the background music being tested here has been specially commissioned for the exhibition.

Keith Lodwick, assistant curator of Victoria and Albert Museum, said, "We really explore how a designer takes a script and how they create a person who we believe has a back story to the narrative. We watch a film and we believe that person is real, we’re taken into their world for ninety minutes, two hours, and then the person often enters popular culture, mythology. Think of Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean" or Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany’s".

This massive collection, with over a hundred costumes spanning the best part of a
century, aimed to trace the history of Hollywood costume design from the silent
era to the motion capture costumes worn in Avatar in 2010.

Wander through the galleries and you’ll stumble over a simple green silk worn by Keira Knightly in Atonement, the little black dress created for Audrey Hepburn by Givenchy in "Breakfast at Tiffany’s", and the magic shoes Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz.

Keith Lodwick said, "We really want to try to put the actor back into the costume. We’re taking costumes out of the cinematic frame and putting them on mannequins in an exhibition and some costumes can look rather tired, not very interesting in their own right, so we’re trying to get a sense of the person so we’ve created bespoke mannequins for every single costume in our finale and they’re all interacting with one another, so they’re drinking, they’re smoking."

This massive collection, with over a hundred costumes spanning the best part of a century, aimed to trace the history of Hollywood costume design from the silent era to the motion capture costumes worn in Avatar in 2010.

The exhibition opens to the British public from October 20th to January 27th next year, before travelling to Melbourne, Australia and then on to America by October 2013.

This massive collection, with over a hundred costumes spanning the best part of a
century, aimed to trace the history of Hollywood costume design from the silent era
to the motion capture costumes worn in Avatar in 2010.

This massive collection, with over a hundred costumes spanning the best part of a
century, aimed to trace the history of Hollywood costume design from the silent era
to the motion capture costumes worn in Avatar in 2010.

This massive collection, with over a hundred costumes spanning the best
part of a century, aimed to trace the history of Hollywood costume
design from the silent era to the motion capture costumes worn in Avatar
in 2010.

 

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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