Collectors from all over the world—including major movie studios, film stars, costume houses, museums, private collectors and archivists—have contributed to a groundbreaking multimedia exhibition exploring the essential role of costume design in cinematic storytelling.
Organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and sponsored by Swarovski, Hollywood Costume brings together more than 150 iconic pieces from the industry’s Golden Age, from clothes worn by Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) and Angel (1937) to items from modern classics such as Mary Poppins (1964), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Titanic (1997). The exhibition’s final stop on its world tour is Los Angeles, where it is being presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which has enhanced the V&A’s exhibition by adding more than 40 costumes to this landmark show. Swarovski has been a supporter of the art of costume design for more than 80 years, providing the all-important sparkle to some Hollywood’s most memorable movie moments. From the moment Judy Garland’s Dorothy tapped her Swarovski-adorned ruby slippers together in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, Swarovski has worked closely with talents in costume design to bring their visions to life. Such masterpieces as Gone with the Wind, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s all dazzled with crystals from Swarovski, which have continued to light up the screen alongside recent collaborations with designers on Black Swan, Skyfall and The Great Gatsby. Film, costume and fashion fans should catch Hollywood Costume at the historic May Company Wilshire building, future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, before it closes on March 2, 2015—it's an all-time, must-see event.