LONDON A new London exhibition has brought together more than 100 Hollywood costumes, from Darth Vaders suit to the worlds most famous ruby slippers.
The show, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, aims to tell the story of the process of costume design and how it helps create believable characters, curators said Tuesday.
Its not really about the clothes its really about creating an authentic individual, every time, said guest curator Deborah Landis, who has designed costumes for movies including The Blues Brothers.
Many of cinemas most legendary outfits are here: Charlie Chaplins baggy suit, hat and cane ensemble; Holly Golightlys black Givenchy gown in Breakfast at Tiffanys; Scarlett O'Haras green velvet dress from Gone with the Wind; and Indiana Jones leather jacket and fedora from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Among the shows highlights are Dorothys ruby slippers and blue and white gingham pinafore from The Wizard of Oz, which were united for the first time since the 1939 movie was filmed.
The museums assistant curator, Keith Lodwick, said his team spent five years on a worldwide treasure hunt, borrowing the costumes from museums, collectors and film studios.
There were plenty of glamorous gowns from Hollywoods best-known screen sirens: Marilyn Monroes white halter-neck dress from The Seven Year Itch; Elizabeth Taylors floor-length cream gown in Cleopatra; and Barbra Streisands purple evening dress in Funny Girl.
But Lodwick said the exhibition also included some unusual choices to surprise viewers expecting just outlandish sci-fi outfits and elaborate period costumes.
All movie costumes, no matter the genre, are always meticulously researched, Lodwick said.
Matt Damons casual outfit in the Bourne Identity action movies, for example, may look just like a jacket and shirt, but it was meant to make him disappear into a crowd, he said.
The exhibition will open Saturday and run until Jan. 27.