I was so happy to be invited for this particular preview, I have been looking forward to this show for months so after Freddie got sent off to play with his godmother at the Science Museum I happily trotted off for a blissful hour on my own.
It was a fun show of guessing what films do the costumes come from, spotting many many favourite characters, instantly recognizable iconic figures, film music creating magical atmosphere and lots of interesting interviews and insights. Having seen few costumes in my life it struck me again how small big stars are, Marilyn Monroe who seems curvaceous and womanly had a tiny waist for example, most of the fitted dresses where so petite.
Some of the most famous characters include Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Neo from The Matrix, Batman, Avatar creatures, James Bond and Cleopatra but really, most of them are so iconic it was hard to select the best ones, here are my highlights.
Top image: Cleopatra. Above: Gone With the Wind, Vivien Leigh – the curtain dress brought tears to my eyes! Costume design Walter Plunkett.
Mildred Pierce, Joan Crawford. Costume design Milo Anderson. How I love the book and the new series, I had no idea about this 1945 version and must watch it soon.
Barry Lyndon, Marisa Berenson and Marie Antoinette, Kirsten Dunst. Dangerous Liaisons in the background.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Cate Blanchett. Costume design Alexandra Byrne.
Can anyone guess?
Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes.
Queen Christina, Greta Garbo by Adrian.
The Birds, Tippi Hedren. Costume design Edith Head. I love this exhibit, there was a birdcage next to it!
Gangs of New York, Daniel Day Lewis. Costume design Sandy Powell.
The Artist, Berenice Bejo.
Cleopatra worn by Claudette Colbert (Costume design Travis Banton) and Cleopatra worn by Elizabeth Taylor (Irene Sharaff).
The Robert De Niro section included costumes from Raging Bull, King of Comedy and Casino while the Meryl Streep section had dresses from Out of Africa, The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia.
My Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn. Costume design Cecil Beaton.
And the iconic Hubert De Givenchy’s dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Kate Winslet’s outfit from Titanic is in the background, costume design Deborah L. Scott.
Atonement, Keira Knightly. Costume design Jacqueline Durran.
Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone. Costume design Ellen Mirojnick.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman. Costume design Eiko Ishioka.
Kill Bill worn by Uma Thurman with a bit of Batman hanging on the wall.
Die Hard, Bruce Willis (Costume design Marilyn Vance) and Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone (Costume design Tom Bronson).
That dress and the tiny waist! It was behind a glass wall like Mona Lisa.
The Wizard Of Oz, Judy Garland. Costume design by Adrian who had many costumes in the exhibition.
You can only see the original red shoes for four weeks, it’s the first time they are outside of US and they are going back home for Thanksgiving. I felt privileged.
There were so many costumes to see it was really hard to edit the pictures, they are such a huge part of the characters and the importance of all the costume designers is immense.
I thought few were missing, I longed to see Mary Poppins, Leeloo and Zorg from The Fifth Element, and Annie Hall.
Overall a great unique show, go and see it. It opens on Saturday and runs through till the 27th January next year.