Costumes are rarely the focus of a film. Despite this, every now and again, a costume will transcend the actor who wore it and the film it starred in. Sometimes, not even the whole costume, just a piece of it, like a pair of red shoes or a shiny black helmet or a brown dressing gown*. Nowhere is the power of costume more evident than at a comic convention, where hours of cutting, gluing and sewing result in the myriad of superheroes and fantasy figures intermingling on the convention floor. So it was with this reverence that I made my way through the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum’s Hollywood Costume exhibition in London, to pay homage to the iconic outfits that have made movie history. Check out some of my pictures below.
*Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, The Big Lebowski
Rise Sir Knight
Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?
Elementary, My Dear
As with any museum exhibition worth its salt, the V&A also has a great gift shop to accompany the exhibition. And as with any great museum gift shop, most of the merchandise within has nothing to do with the exhibit! But check out my favourite gift shop items below, which are essential to any dressing up box.
The Hollywood Costume Exhibition runs at the V&A until 27th January after which it moves on to Australia and then the United States. For more on the Hollywood Costume exhibit and more geeky fashion visit me on my blog, Worrier Princess, or on Twitter!