From queens to superheroes, film costumes find Hollywood home

Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:23pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dorothy's famous ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have found their way home again as one of the highlights in a new Hollywood exhibition that showcases iconic costumes in film.

The Hollywood Costume exhibit, opening Thursday in Los Angeles and curated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and London's Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), will house more than 150 costumes spanning decades of cinema.

It has been expanded from a 2012 V&A exhibit in London, and includes 40 new costumes, including those worn by Oscar-winner Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club," Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games" and Harrison Ford's "Indiana Jones."

"This landmark exhibition reflects the Academy's mission of celebrating and preserving the past, honoring the present and shaping the future of world cinema," said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the President of the Academy, the film organization that hosts the annual Oscars ceremony.

The exhibition at the Wilshire May Company Building, where the Academy's film museum will officially open in 2017, spans four rooms that follow the journey of a costume from sketch to final product.

From the glamorous, such as Marlene Dietrich's Persian-inspired embroidered gown from 1937's "Angel," to the ordinary, such as Jesse Eisenberg's gray hoodie and flip flops from his role as Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," each outfit is accompanied by a breakdown of the character and outfit choices.

"This is not an exhibition about clothes, this is about the movies," said exhibition curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the costume designer behind "The Blues Brothers," "1941" and "The Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Landis said she hoped the exhibit would help people understand "what a costume designer contributes to every single production," as well as how a costume can help audiences become invested in a movie character.   Continued...

Elizabethan costumes are shown on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibit, curated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and London's Victoria & Albert museum, at the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, in this publicity photo released to Reuters on September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Greg Harbaugh/Copyright 2014 AMPAS/Handout via Reuters