Oh hello, I'm still in London. Which means I had to make sure to head over to my favorite museum, the Victoria & Albert, for their new exhibition 'Hollywood Costume'. WOWZA. I have been to some pretty awesome shows at the V&A (Vivienne Westwood, Kylie Minogue and Anna Piaggi, just to name a few) and this one ranks in the very top of my list.
Walking in, you are presented with an entire wall lit up with clips of scenes from all of the feature films you will see throughout your lengthy stroll (it's a huge exhibit). And it gives you goosebumps. All these fascinating moments you saw on the silver screen are waiting for you in real-life right behind the wall of moving images. It starts with Charlie Chaplin and the famous green velvet dress from Gone With the Wind. A reproduction robe from The Big Lebowski gets and 'A' for effort but what's the point of a reproduction robe?!
I had a minor fan-girl moment when we reached the Addams Family, just past the Fight Club set-up. And then again when we got to all the Marie-Antoinettes and Elizabeth I's that have ever made an impact in the world of film. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Cate Blanchett 'Elizabeth' film? Well, I do. LOVE IT.
As you move into the 'Second Act', there are the darker characters from the movies and even hologram-style interviews with directors and costume designers. Tim Burton and his creations to Star Wars and a Robert DeNiro section. It's fun but nearly impossible to not want to run through to the third and final 'act' where you know they are hiding the biggest gems.
Moulin Rouge, Breakfast at Tiffany's, one of Marilyn Monroe's dresses from 'Some Like It Hot', Jack Sparrow, Spiderman, Superman, Harry Potter, Legally Blonde, Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers. It was so expertly curated and to see all these outfits that you expected to see without even knowing you were expecting them really made for some incredible moments.
And it is all rounded out with Dorothy's dress from The Wizard Of Oz and an original pair of her ruby slippers on loan from the Smithsonian. And the famous white Marilyn Monroe dress from 'Seven Year Itch'. Stunning. It's enough to make a girl giddy.
See more information about the exhibition here...and book your tickets in advance! They are selling like hotcakes!
(All images c/o the V&A)