Vanity Fair: For the first time, a national British museum has put on a major exhibition about the movies. “It only took 110 years,” joked guest curator Sir Christopher Frayling at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, celebrating the opening of “Hollywood Costume.” With most of the costumes coming from private collections, few have been seen before beyond their time on-screen.
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“We wanted to get away from frocks on wax works,” continued Frayling—a point that should not go unnoticed, as costumes are one of the most challenging forms of art to exhibit, so entwined are they with a character or a scene. To work around this challenge, senior guest curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis and other exhibition organizers used a range of multimedia to breathe life into the clothes. No detail was spared, as each mannequin was custom-made to the exact measurements of the actor or actress whose costume it displayed.
The Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis spoke to VF Daily about Landis’s deployment of technology in the exhibition, as well as her section on motion capture, to which Serkis contributed. (Serkis, as our own Bruce Handy has said before, is the form’s first great genius—“the Lillian Gish” of the motion-capture genre.) “Costume design goes beyond traditional methods,” Serkis told us. “The next wave of costume doesn’t necessarily exist in the physical realm—it also can exist in the digital.”
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Meanwhile, wearing a floor-length black Etro dress, Landis said that she knows “this is a hit—I know this is a landmark exhibition. I believe that I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do if people don’t burst into tears when they walk around the first plinth. That’s what I want to accomplish—that feeling of being in love with movies.”
No costumes were more about the love of movies than those in The Artist, by affable costume designer Mark Bridges (who has one of the dresses Berenice Bejo wore as Peppy on display). “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s work,” he told us.
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And that work more than deserves the accolades the exhibition bestows, actress Michelle Rodriguez told us: “You embody the essence of a character when you have a costume, [and] the costume designer is as much a part of telling the story as the writer, the director.”
The Hollywood Costume exhibition will run from October 20th, 2012 through January 27th, 2013 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Is anyone planning on seeing the exhibition? Any particular costumes you're excited to see? Favorite film costumes in general?