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An eye catching and multi-layered exhibition, Hollywood Costume explores the central role of costume design as an essential tool of cinema storytelling. It will illuminate the costume designer’s creative process from script to screen and reveal the collaborative dialogue that leads to the invention of authentic characters in the story. (ACMI, Melbourne, Apr 24 – Aug 18, 2013)

Hollywood Costume will be presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series in 2013.

"in their original context"

Using montages, film clips and projections, costumes will be placed in their original context, alongside interviews with key Hollywood costume designers, directors and actors talking about the role costume plays in creating a character.

Coming to Melbourne direct from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, would showcase the art of costume design in glorious detail, said Victoria’s Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu. “We are excited and proud to present this stunning Australian exclusive exhibition. Featuring iconic and rarely seen items, Hollywood Costume charts more than a century of classic characters and costumes, worn by some of the most recognisable actors in cinema history from The Wizard of Oz to Titanic, Ben-Hur to James Bond.

“The exhibition will also showcase Australia’s leading contribution to the craft of costume design in films such as Some Like it Hot, Camelot, and Moulin Rouge! and costumes worn by legendary actors including Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett,” Baillieu said. 

"classics from the Golden Age of cinema"

Hollywood Costume unites for the first time 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), the ‘little black dress’ designed by Hubert De Givenchy for Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), with the latest Hollywood releases including Consolata Boyle’s costumes for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011) and the high-tech Batman suit for Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises (Lindy Hemming, 2012).

Hollywood Costume is curated by Hollywood costume designer and V&A senior guest curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis, guest curator Sir Christopher Frayling and assistant curator Keith Lodwick.

The exhibition opened to the London public on Saturday 20 October 2012, before travelling to Melbourne to commence its international tour in April 2013.

Since the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series was introduced in 2004, the series has treated more than 3.5 million people from across Victoria, Australia and beyond to exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime cultural experiences, and injected hundreds of millions of dollars into the Victorian economy.

Hollywood Costume is ACMI’s fourth Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, following on from Pixar: 20 Years of Animation in 2007, the world record-breaking Tim Burton: The Exhibition in 2010 and this year’s successful world premiere exhibition Game Masters.

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Published October 25, 2012

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