Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Coming Attractions: Hollywood Is Coming!

Guess what is coming?

Woo Hoo! I am happy to announce that this fall/winter season (November to February 2014) my city’s museum, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will be the temporary home for the Hollywood Costume exhibition via the Victoria & Albert Museum. Yes, the V & A, baby!  On display will be more than 100 iconic movie costumes from movies such as Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Titantic, My Fair Lady, Moulin RougeThe Birds, including one of my favorite costumes, the lush green silk dress* from Atonement. 

In addition to hosting Hollywood Costume, the VMFA will be the ONLY east coast location! Can you believe it, it is not stopping in New York!

Bonus: At the same time the VMFA will be hosting an exhibition of 90 vintage Hollywood portraits from 1920-1960. Also coming from across the pond, they were selected from the collection of the John Kobal Foundation in England.

Hollywood Costume 
November 2, 2013 - February 17, 2014. $20 per person, $15 each for groups of 10 or more.

Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
November 23, 2013 - March 10, 2014.

One of the reasons I love movie costumes is expressed perfectly in this excerpt from the V&A website:

"The costume designer must know 'who' a character is before they can design their costume. No matter the era that the story takes place, the audience is asked to believe that the people in the movie are real and that they had a life prior to the start of the movie. We join our cast of characters at one moment in their life. Everything about them must resonate true, including their clothes."

So, it is not just about fashion, y'all

*See my earlier posts on this amazing dress here.

Update: I forgot to mention the VMFA is just a block from where I work!


Jamie said...

Oh wow!! I will most definitely be checking this out.

Enie Dub said...

Oh wow! Can't wait to read your blog about visiting this. Enjoy!

Audrey said...

Thanks for the heads up on these exhibits. I definitely want to see them.