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The V&A have created this film showing the backstory of the Hollywood Costume exhibition. Interviews with curators and costume designers give an insight into the collaborative process of character creation, the story that the exhibition aims to tell and how the costumes and assets were sourced.

Gary Shelley and Richard Mann talk about Casson Mann’s role:

GS – “As a film fan you’ll be incredibly passionate about the subject but as an exhibition designer you have to be passionate about what the public are going to see and also the process of exhibition design, the space it’s going in, the resources given to us, the time we have to build it – all those sorts of practical aspects but still somehow do the subject justice”.

RM – “What we do is tell stories, as exhibition designers that’s our job. We deal with any number of different types of collections of objects, each which have stories. And of course film costumes are heavily connected to stories.

But this is no ordinary exhibition. And because these costumes are not decorative objects, and made to be seen on screen, we have to be that much more playful, that much more magical with them, much more engaging, we have to help them come alive. So we use media and film and music and lighting and drama to bring out a fuller range of emotions such as you get when you go to see a movie.

And we’ve really pushed ourselves on how to look at story telling methods that animate objects, and make motion pictures work in a spatial environment and bring it all together in a way that that the visitor to this exhibition is going to understand and that does Deborah’s vision justice”.

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