london: hollywood costume

© v&a images / hollywood costume sponsored by harry winston

the hollywood costume exhibition, the v&a's major autumn showcase, gathers together over 130 of the most iconic costumes designed for unforgettable cinema characters over a century of filmmaking. for the first time, hollywood costume unites classics of the golden age from dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress designed by adrian for the wonderful wizard of oz, the little black dress designed by hubert de givenchy for holly golightly in breakfast at tiffany’s, right through to the latest hollywood releases, including consolata boyle’s costumes for meryl streep in the iron lady and jacqueline durran’s costumes for anna karenina. sponsored by renowned jeweller to the stars harry winston, hollywood costume explores the central role of costume design, from the glamorous to the very subtle , as an essential tool of cinema storytelling. it illuminates the costume designer’s creative process from script to screen and reveals the collaborative dialogue that leads to the invention of authentic people within the story. the exhibition also examines the changing social and technological context in which costume designers have worked over the last century [on through jan 27]. location: cromwell road [knightsbridge].

© universal / elizabeth, the golden age - the kobal collection - greg williams [2007]