The Hollywood Costume Design Exhibit: A Sneak Peek and Its Promotion [UPDATED]

Hollywood Costume Design Exhibit

Just in time for Halloween, The Academy Brings the Hollywood Costume to the iconic Wilshire May Company Building featuring costumes from The Hunger Games, Django Unchained, The Wizard of Oz and more.  Here’s a peek at what you will see as well as how the exhibit has been promoted.

Sneak Peek: Hollywood Costume Design Exhibit

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt in 'Titanic'
Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt in ‘Titanic’, 1997, costume designed by Deborah L. Scott. 20th Century Fox, Paramount, The Kobal Collection
Audrey Hepburn wore this elegant black dress by Hubert De Givenchy
Audrey Hepburn wore this elegant black dress by Hubert De Givenchy as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in Los Angeles. Bringing together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters such as Dorothy Gale, Indiana Jones, Scarlett O’Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader.

clockwise from top left: Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), Jaime Foxx (Django Unchained) and Alred Molina and Selma Hayak (Frida)

Hollywood costume explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling and brings together the world’s most iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, 1981, costume designed by Deborah Nadoolman. Lucasfilm, Paramount, The Kobal Collection
John Travolta's famous 3 piece white disco suit worn in 1977's Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta’s famous 3 piece white disco suit worn in 1977’s Saturday Night Fever is part of the exhibit
the gown worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge and Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow attire will be on view

The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 150 costumes. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 40 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Bart, 2013) – a recent acquisition from the Academy’s Collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases including The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, 2012), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Ruth E. Carter, 2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (Sandy Powell, 2013), American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson, 2013), and The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, 2013).

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"
Items worn by Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club” will be among the costumes in the “Hollywood Costume” exhibition coming to L.A. (Universal Studios)

In addition, Hollywood Costume will showcase the Academy’s pair of the most famous shoes in the world – the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.

Dorothy Gale costume from 'The Wizard of Oz', designed by Adrian, 1939
Dorothy Gale costume from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, designed by Adrian, 1939
One of four original pairs of ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz', designed by Adrian, 1939
One of four original pairs of ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, designed by Adrian, 1939

By the way, fans of The Wizard of Oz may want to see the re-imagined versions of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers by famous fashion designers here

Hollywood Costume is curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®–nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, whose credits include National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Coming to America (1988) and the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1983); with Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art), and set and costume designer and V&A Assistant Curator Keith Lodwick.

Some interesting factoids about movie costumes:


Promoting The exhibit

Much has been done to promote the exhibit, including a dress made of paper and minimalist graphic design interpretations of famous movie costumes.

Jum Nako’s Dress Made of Sofia Coppola’s script

Jum Nako's Dress Made of Sofia Coppola's script
Jum Nako’s Dress made of Sofia Coppola’s script

A period-inspired dress was made using the pages of Sofia Coppola’s script for the 2006 movie Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst by artist Jum Nakao

Jum Nako’s Dress Made of Sofia Coppola’s script

The dress was inspired by Dunst’s elaborate costumes in Coppola’s marie Antoinette (2006):

Watch as artist Jum Nakao, known for his dresses made of paper, turns Sofia Coppola’s movie script into a dress:

And the Academy has been posting these Hollywood Costume Cards on social media to promote the exhibit:

The Exhibition Book

Featuring the most beloved costume designs from the past 100 years of Hollywood films, Hollywood Costume celebrates, for the very first time, the costume designer’s contribution to the telling of the cinematic story. Published in conjunction with an exhibition launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that the New York Times called “extraordinary,” the book showcases the talents of renowned designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Sandy Powell, among many others, whose work spans the silent era to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present day. Essays by a wide variety of leading scholars, archivists, and private collectors, as well as contributions by contemporary costume designers, actors, and directors, take a close look at the conventions of what is considered “costume” and the role of the designer in creating a film’s characters and helping to shape its narrative. With memorable wardrobe classics from The Tramp, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ocean’s Eleven, Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and many more, Hollywood Costume is the ultimate volume for fashionistas and film lovers alike.

“More than a book, it’s a display and worthy of every coffee table.” —DailyCandy

Buy the book, Hollywood Costume, here

The Exhibition Poster

Hollywood Costume will be accompanied by a full slate of exhibition-related programs including screenings, discussions with costume designers, and educational programs.

• Swarovski is the presenting sponsor of Hollywood Costume. Additional support is provided by Pirelli.

• Friends of LACMA: Use discount code MAYCO to receive $5 off admission

On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015

The exhibition is located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard in the Wilshire May Company Building, on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, Los Angeles 90036, next to LACMA. (The future location for the Academy Museum) Entrance to the exhibition is on the north side of the building.