First Look: “Hollywood Costumes” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

For some time now I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for the
Hollywood Costume exhibit to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Sponsored by Harry Winston, this exhibit is one of the most important of its
kind. Over 130 of the world’s most iconic film costumes are expertly situated throughout
three rooms in an exhibition that is truly magical. The costumes are one thing,
but the way in which the entire event is orchestrated from music to lighting
makes you feel as if you are back in the movie itself.

I would be here all day if I had to list each and every
favourite costume seen this during this preview. However, seeing Scarlett O’Hara’s green curtain
gown from Gone With The Wind has left me a happy woman. And of course I mustn’t
forget to mention that the famous Ruby Slippers from Wizard of Oz are on show
for the first time outside of America, as part of this exhibition. Then there’s
India Jones mid-whip and the gorgeous Black Swan ballerina ensemble as worn
by Natalie Portman. They even have the Darth Vader costume! Now you also won’t
want to miss the Harry Winston special. The jewellers have re-created the famous
“Isadora” necklace worn in How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. The specially
commissioned diamond cluster necklace, with a 51.94 carat yellow sapphire drop
pendant, sits in front of the famous yellow silk dress worn by Kate Hudson in
the movie.

What I don’t want to do is ruin this wonderful exhibition
for you. So, I have only chosen a few photos to share herewith and the rest I
leave for you to discover at your leisure. The exhibition opens to the public
on the 20th of October and runs through 27 January
2013. That’s plenty of time to arrange a trip. Tickets are £14 each and worth
every last penny. Also make sure you have a spare £35 as you’re going to want
to buy the book that accompanies this exhibition as well. Then again, the gift
shop is another topic entirely. It’s dangerous in there. Too many things that
demand to be purchased from movie theatre snacks to clever statement tees. 


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