Hollywood Costume: an exhibition at the V&A

Permanent Plastic Helmet has received news of a very exciting sounding exhibition coming up at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hollywood Costume, which runs from 20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013, will be the first exhibition of its kind worldwide since 1970, and will no doubt entice a huge number of film, culture and costume enthusiasts from all over the world.

The exhibition will house the original costumes worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, Keanu Reeves in The Matrix and Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men (the press release didn’t mention if his hair would be making an appearance) and many others. As well as the costumes, there will be design sketches, photographs, scripts, photographs and film footage from some of Hollywood’s greatest films to date.

On a personal level, I’m hoping for lots of costumes from Walter Hill’s The Warriors. Now that would be something! Fingers crossed for the chance to see the famous leathers and feathers in close-up.

Finally, on the subject of costumes, I’d also like to take this opportunity to point you in the direction of a brilliant blog entitled Clothes On Film which is dedicated to examining costume and identity in movies, and features dazzlingly detailed articles on outfits, reviews, news and exclusive interviews. Ch-ch-check it out.

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