From cartoon superheroes to historic extravaganzas, romantic comedies to gangster epics, Hollywood Costume has got the lot. Since opening in April thousands of visitors have enjoyed looking at the fabled film costumes in the vast subterranean gallery space.
Each visitor has their own particular favourite costume, whether it’s Vivien Leigh’s classic green ‘curtain dress’ from Gone With the Wind or Bruce Willis’ blood-splattered white singlet from Die Hard.
Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man outfit is a favourite among children who excitedly point up when they spot it clinging to the gallery wall, and Marilyn Monroe’s world-famous billowing dress from The Seven Year Itch is a special treat.
The exhibition has prompted many visitors to revisit their favourite films again, and the opportunity to do that is just upstairs from the gallery in the Australian Mediatheque. In the comfortable and private viewing booths visitors who come in on weekdays can choose from more than 50 films featured in the exhibition.
If the Robert De Niro section in the exhibition demands an immediate re-viewing of Taxi Driver, that’s available – or if seeing Judy Garland’s pinafore prompts a trip down the yellow brick road then head immediately to the Australian Mediatheque and watch The Wizard of Oz.
It’s all free and don’t be surprised if you find me in there catching up on a few of my favourites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the incomparable Audrey Hepburn in that iconic black dress!
– Mike Childs, Visitor Services Officer, ACMI
Available for viewing Monday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm from 24 April – 18 August 2013.