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Welcome to our Hollywood Costume archive.

As the show begins its tour, first to Australia then to the United States, we are busy documenting the original that  we created together with Deborah Nadoolman Landis for the V&A.

So stay tuned as we gather our material – these first images below will give you a glimpse…

Act I: Deconstruction

Act I of Hollywood Costume deconstructs each garment through anecdotes, teaching the role, craft and thinking of the costume designer.

The deconstruction of Oceans 11 shows how each character was given distinct personality with the help of  costume.

The deconstruction of Oceans 11 shows how each character was given distinct personality with the help of costume.

The Queen Elizabeth plinth in Act I shows costumes from each film made about the monarch and shows how costumes change according to cultural preoccupations of the day.

The Queen Elizabeth plinth in Act I shows costumes from each film made about the monarch and shows how costumes change according to cultural preoccupations of the day.

This plinth from the second gallery of Hollywood Costume shows how costumes can create instantly recognisable silhouettes that become synonymous with a character.

This plinth from the Dialogue gallery of Hollywood Costume shows how costumes can create instantly recognisable silhouettes that become synonymous with a character.

In Act II: Dialogue directors and costumes designers are brought into the gallery where they talk about their creations.

In Act II: Dialogue directors and costumes designers are brought into the gallery where they talk about their creations.

The Grand Finale of Hollywood Costume is the celebration of iconic characters and costumes – beginning with vamps and vixens.

The Grand Finale of Hollywood Costume is the celebration of iconic characters and costumes – beginning with vamps and vixens.

Heroes and villains jostle for attention in the final gallery of the show.

Heroes and villains jostle for attention in the final gallery of the show.

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