The New Hollywood Costume Exhibit

22 Oct

On Saturday the new Hollywood Costume exhibit opened at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. It features more than 100 costumes of the world’s most famous film characters covering a span of a century. Most of the clothes have never been shown publically before, other than on screen of course.

Also for some outfits, it will be the first time they have been a complete set for many, many years, after having items sold off to different collectors (for example Dorothy’s dress and shoes from the Wizard of Oz were separated). Just a few of the movies represented are Charlie Chaplin, The Wizard of Oz, Marie Antoinette, The Matrix and Titanic. The Exhibition will run from 20th October 2012 to 27th January 2013.

Please join our discussion Tuesday 10/23/2012@7pmE/12UTC

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References:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/starsandstories/9554969/Hollywoods-classic-costumes-at-the-VandA.html

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-hollywood-costume/

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60 Responses to “The New Hollywood Costume Exhibit”

  1. Open Book October 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM #

    Ozzie-

    This is so fantastic! I’m so elated and would love to see this exhibit. Can’t wait for the discussion.

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM #

      I chose it specifically for you, lol! It jumped off the page and hit me while screaming “OB will love this!” Plus I liked it too!

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM #

        LOL!! I’m glad u like it too. But I do thank u! I love it.

        Would u go to this exhibit Oz?

        • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

          I definately would if I had enough money to spare to get down to London! It had to be over the Christmas run up! Damn present buying, lol!

          • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

            LOL!! Christmas presents are so overrated. Hahahaha!

  2. Comic Relief October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM #

    Ozzie,

    I agree with OB. I have been waiting to see this kind of event for some time.

    OB has helped me to see how many productions have just as much drama going on in the costumes as one might see depicted by actors with the script.

    Yet I may have a pet peeve about the curating (this is not mentioned in your excellent article). I’ll try to wait until the discussion so as not to distract from the material you have prepared for us. Again thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  3. Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM #

    Ozzie,

    I thought about it, turns out I don’t have a pet peeve. I really hope this show comes to the US; I am sure it will be awesome.

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM #

      OK, lol! I’m sure it’ll tour. It would be a shame if it didn’t after all that hard work that went into tracking everything down.

  4. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM #

    That’s what I wanted to know as well. Is this a traveling exhibit?

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

      I’ve not come across any mentions yet but I’ll keep a look out for it.

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM #

        Well I’m sure if the exhibit does well in London it will travel. I pray it travels to the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York……: )

  5. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    Everyone-

    Deborah Nadoolman Landis, is the senior guest curator for this exhibit. Here’s a bit of info on her. “Landis received an M.F.A. in costume design from UCLA in 1975 and a Ph.D. in the history of design from London’s Royal College of Art in 2003. She’s an Academy Award–nominated costume designer and scholar, has been named to the newly endowed David C. Copley Chair for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.”

  6. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 6:54 PM #

    Hi Everyone!

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM #

      Hello! 🙂

    • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM #

      Hi OB.

  7. Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM #

    Hi gang.

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

      Hi CR! 🙂

  8. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:13 PM #

    Here’s some more info on the exhibit.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/meryl-streep-robert-de-niro-380174

  9. littlebells October 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

    Hi everyone!!! 🙂

    Ozzie & OB,

    How do costumers, exhibits like this, keep the clothes in such fantastic condition?

    • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM #

      Hi LB.

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM #

      I read something about it but I can’t fully recall all of the information or where it came from. I think wrapping them in acid free tissues is part of the process. That’s all I can remember!

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM #

        Oz!

        Yes! U are correct. I have below a link that list all thats involved in costume preservation.

        • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

          Woo hoo! Well done brain, LOL!

    • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM #

      Hi LB-

      Great question. Museums have costume & textile conservation that store them in a temperature controlled room. FIT, Winterthur Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum are just a few that have costumes. To do this exhibit Deborah had to go around and find all these costumes.

      http://www.thehenryford.org/research/caring/textiles.aspx

      • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM #

        Thanks for this link, I could send all night reading it!

        • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM #

          I know I use to work in a costume preservation museum. I loved it!!

          • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM #

            I’m jealous now, lol!

            • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

              No don’t be. Sometimes I had to wear mask, gloves and lab coats like I’m doing surgery. It can be very painstaking and time consuming work.

  10. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM #

    I brought up the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Here’s a little more info on them.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/cooperhewitt

    • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM #

      OB,

      Did you bring up Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum because you want this show to travel there?

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM #

        CR- Yes! I think I admitted my guilt already. LOL!!

        Just to let everyone know. CR is a Cooper Union Alumni.

        • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM #

          Ahem, the museum is distantly associated with the school but thanks for the mention.

          • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

            I know, I like to pick on u wherever I see an opportunity. LOL!!

  11. Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM #

    Ozzie,

    This might appear to be an odd question on this website. I think the scope and comprehensiveness of the exhibit may be outstanding. Ozzie has the Victoria and Albert museum already done a show of London’s film industry’s costume design?

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

      I don’t know about film costumes but I’m sure they have had iconic designer shows and historical clothing shows before.

      • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

        I know Hollywood has many fans. But I think many are impressed with the work of the U.K. film industry. I’m sure many would be equally impressed with a show dedicated to that aim also.

        • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

          I concur! There’s a reason D. Landis chose London to display this exhibit. IMO Europe has a greater appreciation for art & design.

  12. ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM #

    Sorry, I lost the internet connection for a while there!

  13. Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

    Many of the designs appear here (in the middle of the page).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/hollywood-costume-exhibit_n_1954162.html#slide=1653663

    • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM #

      This is another great slide show of the exhibit. I would love to get the book from this exhibit.

  14. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

    Heres a great video about Deconstruction of the costume. Please watch the video by BBC.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19975687

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM #

      That’s a good video!

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM #

        Yeah, I thought so too. What did u find the most interesting about this exhibit?

        This Q anyone can answer.

    • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM #

      I’m always amazed when wives look like their husbands.

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM #

        Hmmm! I won’t ask. LOL!!

    • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM #

      It was great to hear actors respond to Costume designers in an appreciative manner.

      • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM #

        I liked that too. I always like hearing actors talking about crew members because I don’t think they get enough credit.

    • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM #

      Keira Knightly suggested some of the politics associated with an actors relationship with costume designers. Given how many costume driven films she has made I would have loved to hear more about that (from her perspective).

      • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

        I would too especially because she’s done alot of period films.

      • Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM #

        Yes! IMO I think young International actors have a greater appreciation and understanding of how costumes can be used to enhance and create a character unlike young American actors today.

        • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM #

          IMHO that’s really amazing, I’m holding back a giant laugh.

          OB is really being ridiculously humble. I have met many “young American actors” who really loved working with HER specifically. In fact, I can’t even describe what she does with or to them but the results were weirdly spectacular.

          Somehow as more of them meet her, I’m sure her current perception of “young American actors” will change radically in the future.

          • Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 9:05 PM #

            …actually I’m not apologizing for young American actors.

          • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 9:05 PM #

            LOL! 🙂

  15. Open Book October 23, 2012 at 8:53 PM #

    Well I have to go. Ozzie! Fantastic and what a nice treat. Thanks for letting me ramble on. I really tried not to bore people by getting too involved. LOL!!

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

      I love your rambling! I better go myself as I have to wake up extra, extra early. 😦

  16. Comic Relief October 23, 2012 at 9:09 PM #

    Ozzie. I agree with OB’s assessment of the article. This topic was really enjoyable. I’m heading to bed hoping the show travels to the US.

    Bye.

    • ozzie20 October 23, 2012 at 9:12 PM #

      Bye CR! Glad you had fun!

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