For the first time, over 100 of the most iconic film costumes - from across a century of film-making - will be on display, at the Hollywood Costume exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert museum.
The event will showcase clothes worn by unforgettable characters like Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Rose DeWitt (Kate Winslet) in Titanic (1997), Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from The Pirates of the Caribbean series (2003) and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) from the Indiana Jones series (1981), among several others.
The curators of this exclusive exhibition include Deborah Nadoolman Landis - an American film and theater costume designer, Sir Christopher Frayling - a professor at the Royal College of Art and Keith Lodwick, who trained as a set and costume designer at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Costume design is at last being recognised for what it is. It is not fashion design, fancy dress or theatre design. Costumes can ignite worldwide fashion trends and they become embedded in the collective unconscious, The Financial Times quoted Nadoolman Landis - who has designed costumes for the late Michael Jackson's music video Thriller as well as the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark - as saying.
According to reports, the exhibition took over five years to organize and will also include exclusive film clips and interviews with designers, directors and actors, apart from the costume displays.
Sponsored by high-end luxury brand, Harry Winston, the exhibition has been divided in to three sections. The first section puts visitors in the shoes of the costume designer and illuminates the process of designing a character from script to screen. The second examines the key collaborative role of the costume designer within the creative team and the final part showcases costumes belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the history of the silver screen.