From Holly Golightly’s quintessential black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Batman’s hi-tech superhero suit in The Dark Knight Rises, classic Hollywood characters often come with iconic costumes that are unforgettable.
Direct from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, ACMI will be presenting Hollywood Costume as part of their Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series from 24 April to 18 August.
Hollywood Costume would showcase the art of costume design in magnificent detail, while exploring the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. A character’s clothing can speak volumes, whether it’s Dorothy’s baby blue gingham dress in The Wizard of Oz, sharp suits donned by James Bond in Casino Royale, or Rose’s stunning gowns in Titanic. These famous costumes are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they give audiences an insight into a character’s personality, set the mood for an entire film and occasionally become a landmark piece for a fashion or costume designer.
In conjunction with this exhibition, ACMI is screening films, providing workshops, panels and free late night entertainment as well. Film programs include the musical Les Girls and Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and guided tours with distinguished guests – fantastic for any film geek. Be sure not to miss their free, walk-in late night events at the bar every first Thursday of the month. On 2nd May, the first Hollywood Costume: Up Late event featured everyone’s favourite 007. It was an entertaining night of Bond-themed music, conversations on whether Bond women are empowered or one dimensional (Halle Berry, anyone?) and demonstrations of the best “shaken, not stirred” martinis.
Hollywood Costume aims to showcase the dynamic interplay between costume, film and fashion and is an event not to be missed.
ACMI, Federation Square
24 April— 18 August 2013
Tickets: Full $19.50, Concession $15.50, ACMI Member $13.50
For more information, visit acmi.net.au.