A THOROUGHLY MODERN WARDROBE
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) showcases the glamorous “revolution in dress” that exploded during the roaring ‘20s. The costumes, designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Jean Louis, also highlight the resurrection of the flapper style in the 1960s with shorter dress hem lines, cropped hair and a less modest, more experimental style of dress. This era in fashion continued to be prominently showcased throughout the next few years in films such as The Boy Friend (1971) and The Great Gatsby (1974).
From the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive, “A Thoroughly Modern Wardrobe for Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a featurette released as part of the promotion of the film. Showcasing costumes and sketches from the motion picture, the featurette offers an inside look into Jean Louis’s process for creating the wardrobe for Thoroughly Modern Millie.
This fall the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. Hollywood Costume will be accompanied by a full slate of exhibition-related programs including screenings, discussions with costume designers, and educational programs.
The Packard Humanities Institute Collection is the largest known acquisition of theatrical trailers on film, deposited at the Archive by David Packard in 2009. This historically significant collection contains over 60,000 media items and has transformed the Academy Film Archive into the world’s foremost repository of motion picture trailers.