Academy Salutes Designers in Hollywood Costume Exhibit

Hollywood Costume Museum Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present 145 pieces of film history in the exhibition Hollywood Costume, which is the organization’s first, and probably last, show at the May Co. space.

The show, running Oct. 2-March 2, includes works representing 25 Oscar winners for costume design, as well as such notable pieces as the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” (Adrian, 1939), which the Academy hails as “the most famous shoes in the world.”

The multimedia exhibit was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, and then showed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Australian Centre of the Moving Image and Phoenix Art Museum. This is the final stop, and the Academy has added more than 30 costumes from recent films for this show. The new additions include Jared Leto’s costume from “Dallas Buyers Club” (designed by Kurt & Bart) – a recent acquisition from the Academy’s Collection – as well as costumes from “The Hunger Games” (Judianna Makovsky), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Sandy Powell), “American Hustle” (Michael Wilkinson), and “The Great Gatsby” (Oscar winner Catherine Martin). They join a long list of iconic costumes from such films as “Titanic” (pictured above), “Mary Poppins” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

While its Beverly Hills headquarters are being renovated, the Academy staff is housed at the Wilshire May Company Building. This is the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Hollywood Costume is the first exhibit held at the site, but construction on the museum will likely nix any future shows there. And it’s not likely that the costume extravaganza will offer a preview of the museum: In an interview with Variety on June 9, museum director Kerry Brougher said he wants the museum to present a three-dimensional “immersive experience” for visitors, not an array of artifacts like costumes and posters.

Tickets are available online. Hollywood Costume is curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Oscar-nominated costume designer, with Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art) and set and costume designer and V&A assistant curator Keith Lodwick.

Hollywood Costume will be accompanied by a exhibition-related programs including screenings, discussions with costume designers and educational programs. Details will be announced soon.



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