Hollywood Costume exhibit opens at Phoenix Art Museum


by azfamily.com

GMAZ segments by Heidi Goitia

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 1:13 PM

PHOENIX -- The iconic Hollywood Costume exhibit, originally curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, makes its West Coast premiere at Phoenix Art Museum Wednesday.

This major, multimedia exhibition features more than 100 costumes from a century of filmmaking, many of which have never been displayed outside the walls of secured studio archives and private collections.

  • Marilyn Monroe's infamous white dress from "The Seven Year Itch"
  • Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham pinafore from "The Wizard of Oz"
  • Indiana Jones' leather jacket from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
  • The white dress, worn by Jennifer Lawrence, and the velvet suit, worn by Christian Bale in "American Hustle"
  • Darth Vader's suit from "Star Wars"

Curated by eminent costume designer and historian, Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the show is much more than a display of costumes. The exhibit combines multimedia elements, including interviews with actors, costume designers, and filmmakers, as well as animation and clip montages, to fully explore the role that costume design plays in cinema storytelling and the contribution that costume designers make to every production.

Phoenix Art Museum is the final scheduled stop and one of only two U.S. museums to host the V&A exhibit. Once the show closes July 6, costumes will be returned to studio archives and an international array of private collectors, making it the last opportunity to see one of the largest collections of Hollywood costumes ever assembled.

Five years in the making, Hollywood Costume is the greatest exhibition on the collaborative art of filmmaking ever mounted.

Hollywood Costume is on view at Phoenix Art Museum March 26 - July 6, and is a ticketed event. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at phxart.org/hollywoodtickets.