Today I'm bringing you highlights from a fantastic exhibit called Hollywood Costume at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. It's on view there from now through February 17, 2014 and is the only East Coast showing of the collection, curated originally by the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Exhaustively researched, it displays more than 100 of the most recognizable costumes designed for unforgettable characters in cinema. (I've linked throughout to discount books and DVDs relating to these film icons if you'd like to stock up.)
Claudette Colbert's seductive green silk satin gown from Cecil B. DeMille's epic Cleopatra (1934); Marlene Dietrich’s tuxedo from Morocco (1930); and her amazing chiffon gown for Angel (1937), trimmed in Russian sable and embroidered with hand-sewn sequins and Austrian crystal beads.
Chaplin, Garbo, Dietrich, Bogart, Gable, and dozens more. Right: Judi Dench wore this splendid getup to play Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love, 1998. The red costume behind it was worn by Katharine Hepburn in Mary of Scotland, 1936.
Above: Jean Harlow and Elizabeth Taylor, from the Kobel collection. Below: "super-duper Gary Cooper"; Dietrich strikes a pose; famous screen couples Gable and Crawford and Fred & Ginger.
|Hedy Lamarr, one of the more fabled beauties of Tinseltown.|
|A Monroe candid|
|Vivien Leigh pondering better days in GWTW.|
|Boy genius Orson Welles|
|Fight Club costumes|
|Audrey Hepburn, being "loverly"|
|Russell Crowe’s battle armor from Gladiator (2000) is featured, as are Charlton Heston’s duds from Ben Hur.|
- Classic Comedies from Hollywood's Golden Age
- Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies Richard Schickel
- Film Noir Collection Embossed tin
- Elizabeth, a biography by J. Randy Taraborrelli, and
Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
- All Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader