"On every film, the clothes are half the battle in creating the character. I have a great deal of opinion about how my people are presented. We show a great deal by what we put on our bodies." Meryl Streep
Who can forget Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Or Keira Knightley's green silk charmeuse gown in Atonement? Often an actor's clothes in a film can be as impactful as the film itself.
Hollywood Costume at the V&A, from 20 October 2012 - 27 January 2013, will explore the role of costume design as an essential tool in storytelling. The autumn exhibition will feature more than 100 iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking, from Dorothy's sweet gingham frock in the Wizard of Oz to Catherine Tramell's provocative white dress in Basic Instinct, along with montages, film clips and interviews with Hollywood costume designers, actors and directors discussing the role costume plays in creating character.
It's a fascinating insight into the world of cinematic costume design as well a glorious escape into the world of fantasy fashion.
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Hollywood Costume, 20 October 2012 - 27 January 2013, V&A
Photograph from Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood's Princess, £19.99, at the V&A Shop