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.