Hollywood Costume

We’re thrilled to announce our 2013 Melbourne Winter Masterpiece exhibition. Coming direct from London’s eminent Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Hollywood Costume will open at ACMI on April 24, in its only Australian appearance before embarking on an international tour.

The exhibition will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view iconic film costumes, many of which have never been seen outside of studio archives.

Here’s an exciting look at some behind-the-scenes footage of the exhibition, ahead of tomorrow’s official opening at the V&A.

Through archival film footage, specially commissioned interviews, sketches, scripts  and more, Hollywood Costume will tell the story of costume design through three distinct sections, or ‘Acts’.

Act One: Deconstruction will introduce the role of the costume designer in cinema, exploring the link between clothing and character.

'Hollywood Costume' Curator Deborah Landis with the iconic dress worn by Keira Knightley in 'Atonement' (Courtesy: Getty Images)

‘Hollywood Costume’ Curator Deborah Landis with the iconic ‘Atonement’ dress (Getty Images)

Act Two: Dialogue will examine the collaborations of filmmakers, actors and costume designers, from Alfred Hitchcock and Edith Head, who worked together on 11 films including The Birds (1963), to Martin Scorsese and Sandy Powell, who have collaborated on numerous films such as Gangs of New York (2002) and Hugo (2011).

Act Three: Finale will present a tableau of beloved film characters, including Dorothy Gale, Scarlett O’Hara and Holly Golightly. Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Neo will engage in a dramatic sword and wand battle, while Superman, Catwoman and Batman will hover overhead.

Installation detail of 'Hollywood Costume' at the V&A (Getty Images)

Installation detail of ‘Hollywood Costume’ at the V&A (Getty Images)

Hollywood Costume will open at ACMI on Wednesday 24 April and run through until Sunday 18 August, 2013.

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2 Responses to “Hollywood Costume”

  1. Michael Reason 19. Oct, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Wow, I am so excited to hear this. Hooray to living in Melbourne :)

    I’m hoping you have a season pass, for those of us who can’t get enough from one visit.

  2. Jane Tisell 20. Oct, 2012 at 6:37 pm #


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