V&A Museum, London
20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
Cromwell Road, London, SW7
+44 20 7942 2000

Hollywood Costume gathers together over one hundred of the most iconic costumes designed for unforgettable cinema characters over a century of film-making. For the first time, Hollywood Costume unites classics from the Golden Age including Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress designed by Adrian for The Wizard of Oz (1939), Scarlett O’Hara’s green ‘curtain’ dress designed by Walter Plunkett for Gone with the Wind (1939) and the ‘little black dress’ designed by Hubert De Givenchy for Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), with the latest Hollywood releases including Consolata Boyle’s costumes for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011).

The exhibition is a three-gallery journey from early Charlie Chaplin silent pictures to the
motion capture costume design for Avatar (Deborah L. Scott, Mayes C. Rubeo, 2010) and John Carter (Mayes C. Rubeo, 2012). From Joan Crawford’s blue gingham waitress uniform in Mildred Pierce, (Milo Anderson, 1945) to the sensational bugle-beaded ruby gown she wore in The Bride Wore Red, (Adrian, 1937), these costumes are united by their one purpose of serving the story.

Using montages, film clips and projections, the clothes are placed in their original context,
alongside interviews with key Hollywood costume designers, directors and actors talking
about the role costume plays in creating a character.