I adore the V&A, I feel it is one of fashion's most valuable resources and I really could spend all day in there. It broke my heart that I never quite got round to visiting the Postmodernism exhibition, but i've stumbled upon this article on the Telegraph website, which has given me a whole new exhibition to get excited about!
We all know that the relationship between fashion and film, particularly old Hollywood, is very strong and very influential. Many designers reference old movies and characters in their collections, an example being all the 1920s inspired pieces around for SS12 which coincide with the release of Carey Mulligan's big star turn in The Great Gatsby (can't wait!)
Come October 2012, the V&A will play host to a wonderful exhibition of over 100 iconic outfits from the movies. I, for one, can not wait!
Dreamy pieces include Keira Knightley's emerald silken gown from Atonement and that fantastic Givenchy LBD from Breakfast at Tiffanys, as well as pieces like Darth Vader's cape.
The exhibition has been curated by Deborah Noodleman Landis, a Hollywood costume designer, who wanted the collection to be more than just a bunch of dresses:
"I didn't go looking for costumes, I went looking for characters. This is not a decorative show. There's plenty of glamour - Marilyn Monroe's dress from Some Like It Hot is jaw-dropping in its nakedness... But it's not about the fabulosity, it's about what's inside." (The Telegraph Fashion)
The outfits will stand beside film clips and images to help contextualise the pieces and enhance the experience of the vast exhibition. Can not wait!
Hollywood Costume , sponsored by Harry Winston, opens at the V&A on 20 October 2012. Tickets are available from www.vam.ac.uk/hollywoodcostume.