[Exhibition] Hollywood Costume at ACMI

I’m beyond excited about the upcoming “Winter Masterpieces” event at ACMI – this is a real coupe for them, the amazing exhibition of Hollywood costumes that has recently finished at London’s V&A museum.

From the website:
Hollywood Costume explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films from The Wizard of Oz (1939) to Titanic (1997), Ben-Hur (1959) to James Bond (2007).

This groundbreaking exhibition unites classics from the Golden Age of cinema, including 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 costumes from the latest Hollywood releases including Consolata Boyle’s outfits for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011) and Lindy Hemming’s high-tech Batman suit for Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Hollywood Costume illuminates the costume designer’s creative process from script to screen and reveals the collaborative dialogue that leads to the development of authentic screen characters. Hollywood Costume is curated by eminent Hollywood costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis with Sir Christopher Frayling and Keith Lodwick.

What: Hollywood Costume exhibition
When: Wednesday 24 April – Sunday 18 Aug 2013, Open daily 10am – 5pm (Thursdays until 9pm) ANZAC Day (Thu 25 Apr) open from 1pm
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Full $19.50 Concession $15.50 more options can be seen at the website.
See more at: the ACMI website.

There’s also a great event programme to accompany the exhibition including films (of course) and talks.

Not to be missed! Here are some images from the V&A exhibition, a taster of what we might see (although I won’t mind if they leave off the actors’ faces, that looks a bit awkward).

All images courtesy the Victoria and Albert Museum, also the fabulous pic of Judy Garland from “The Wizard of Oz” is courtesy MGM and the Kobal Collection. Always a pleasure to see you, Dorothy.


  1. That red dress is the loveliest thing I have ever seen, wow. I’m a sucker for red but that is gorgeous, a dress for the oscars if ever there was one 🙂

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