Hol­ly­wood Cos­tume

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Di­rect from Lon­don’s Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum comes a rare show­case of Hol­ly­wood’s most iconic en­sem­bles at the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Mov­ing Im­age (April 24-Au­gust 18).

The ex­hi­bi­tion features cos­tumes from clas­sic films to re­cent block­busters in­clud­ing The Wizard of Oz, Ti­tanic, Ben Hur, and Moulin Rouge. The art of sto­ry­telling through cos­tume will be in­ves­ti­gated in all its glo­ri­ous de­tail.

Hol­ly­wood Cos­tume unites for the first time clas­sics from the Golden Age of cin­ema in­clud­ing Scar­lett O’Hara’s green ‘‘cur­tain’’ dress de­signed by Wal­ter Plun­kett for Gone with the Wind (1939), the lit­tle black dress de­signed by Hu­bert De Givenchy for Holly Go­lightly in Break­fast at Tif­fany’s (1961), with the lat­est Hol­ly­wood re­leases in­clud­ing Con­so­lata Boyle’s cos­tumes for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011) and the high-tech Bat­man suit for Chris­tian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises (Lindy Hem­ming, 2012).

The main pho­to­graph on this page is young Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) in the ro­man­tic saga Ti­tanic in board­ing cos­tume that re­flects her stiff and struc­tured char­ac­ter.

The out­fit is a finely tai­lored fit­ted suit made of white twill fab­ric with dark vi­o­let pin-stripes, lapel, cuffs, belt and but­tons cre­ated in fine royal pur­ple satin with a stiff white shirt and thin tie un­der­neath.

The jacket ex­tends be­yond the hips, and the nar­row hob­ble skirt con­stricts Rose’s move­ment, dis­play­ing a fash­ion­able preWorld War I sil­hou­ette. The en­sem­ble is com­pleted with a large pic­ture hat made of Mi­lan straw with a dou­ble bow.

The de­signer and Academy Award win­ner Deb­o­rah L Scott de­signed thou­sands of other cos­tumes for the movie Ti­tanic.

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