The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present Hollywood Costume. Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

About the Exhibition

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 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, this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design–from the glamorous to the very subtle–as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. On view October 2, 2014 through March 2, 2015 the exhibition brings together the world's most iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present.

The Academy is enhancing the V&A's exhibition and will include more than 150 costumes. The Academy's presentation will add more than 40 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto's costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Bart, 2013) – a recent acquisition from the Academy's Collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases including The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained  (Sharen Davis, 2012), Lee Daniels' The Butler  (Ruth E. Carter, 2013), The Wolf of Wall Street  (Sandy Powell, 2013), American Hustle  (Michael Wilkinson, 2013), and The Great Gatsby  (Catherine Martin, 2013).

In addition, Hollywood Costume will showcase the Academy's pair of the most famous shoes in the world – the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy's blue and white gingham pinafore dress.

Hollywood Costume is curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®–nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, whose credits include National Lampoon’s Animal House  (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark  (1981), Coming to America   (1988) and the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”  (1983); 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 full slate of exhibition-related programs including screenings, discussions with costume designers, and educational programs. Details will be announced soon.

Swarovski is the presenting sponsor of Hollywood Costume. Additional support is provided by Pirelli.

To download the press release, click here.



Featuring the most beloved costume designs from the past 100 years of Hollywood films, Hollywood Costume celebrates, for the very first time, the costume designer’s contribution to the telling of the cinematic story. Published in conjunction with an exhibition launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that the New York Times called “extraordinary,” the book showcases the talents of renowned designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Sandy Powell, among many others, whose work spans the silent era to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present day. Essays by a wide variety of leading scholars, archivists, and private collectors, as well as contributions by contemporary costume designers, actors, and directors, take a close look at the conventions of what is considered “costume” and the role of the designer in creating a film’s characters and helping to shape its narrative. With memorable wardrobe classics from The Tramp, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ocean’s Eleven, Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and many more, Hollywood Costume is the ultimate volume for fashionistas and film lovers alike.
Praise for Hollywood Costume:
“More than a book, it’s a display and worthy of every coffee table.” —DailyCandy

 

Buy Exhibition Tickets

Tickets are timed entries, valid only for a specified admission date and time.
Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.

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Support

Celebrate the art of costume design while enjoying exclusive access to this groundbreaking exhibition. Hollywood Costume Supporters will also be recognized as Academy Museum Founding Supporters and will receive exceptional benefits as outlined below.

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DONOR - $250 ($150 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • 4 general admission exhibition tickets
  • 10% discount on Hollywood Costume catalogue
  • 4 tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Support Now
FRIEND - $500 ($350 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • 6 general admission exhibition tickets
  • 10% discount on Hollywood Costume catalogue
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 6 tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Support Now
ASSOCIATE - $1,000 ($680 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • 8 general admission exhibition tickets
  • 15% discount on Hollywood Costume catalogue
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 8 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Support Now
FELLOW - $2,500 ($2,100 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • 10 general admission exhibition tickets
  • 15% discount on Hollywood Costume catalogue
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 10 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Support Now
CURATOR - $5,000 ($3,985 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • 14 VIP exhibition tickets*
  • 1 complimentary Hollywood Costume catalogue; 15% discount on additional catalogues
  • 14 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 14 complimentary parking passes
  • 2 tickets to the Hollywood Costume Opening Reception
  • Support Now
CONSERVATOR - $10,000 ($8,765 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • Hollywood Costume Supporter recognition on exhibition website
  • 20 VIP exhibition tickets*
  • 1 complimentary Hollywood Costume catalogue; 15% discount on additional catalogues
  • 20 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 20 Complimentary parking passes
  • 4 Tickets to the Hollywood Costume Opening Reception
  • Support Now
BENEFACTOR - $25,000 ($23,445 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • Hollywood Costume Supporter recognition on the exhibition website
  • Name recognition on the Hollywood Costume Supporter Wall
  • 25 VIP exhibition tickets*
  • 1 signed Hollywood Costume catalogue; 15% discount on additional catalogues
  • 25 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 25 complimentary parking passes
  • 6 tickets to the Hollywood Costume Opening Reception
  • Support Now
PATRON - $50,000 ($48,225 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • Hollywood Costume Supporter recognition on the exhibition website
  • Name recognition on the Hollywood Costume Supporter Wall
  • Verbal recognition at the Opening Reception
  • 30 VIP exhibition tickets*
  • 5 signed Hollywood Costume catalogues; 15% discount on additional catalogues
  • 30 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 30 complimentary parking passes
  • 10 tickets to the Hollywood Costume Opening Reception
  • Curator-led private tour of the exhibition
  • Support Now
PARTNER - $100,000 ($57,050 tax deductible) +-
  • Academy Museum Founding Supporter status and recognition
  • Hollywood Costume Supporter recognition on the exhibition website
  • Name recognition on the Hollywood Costume Supporter Wall
  • Verbal recognition at the Opening Reception
  • Line list recognition in press releases
  • 40 VIP exhibition tickets*
  • 10 signed Hollywood Costume catalogues; 15% discount on additional catalogues
  • 40 preferred tickets to Hollywood Costume related programming
  • Invitations to select curator talks and/or tours
  • 40 complimentary parking passes
  • 10 tickets to the Hollywood Costume Opening Reception
  • Curator-led private tour of the exhibition
  • Opportunity to host a private evening reception with viewing hours for the exhibition
  • 4 tickets to The Academy Museum Groundbreaking Gala
  • Support Now


*VIP tickets are not tied to timed entry

 

Events

 

Hollywood Costume will be accompanied by a full slate of exhibition-related programs including screenings, discussions with costume designers, and educational programs.

TICKETING
Visitors who purchase tickets to Hollywood Costume will receive free admission to Academy events held on the same day. Visitors must present their Hollywood Costume ticket at the Bing Theater Box Office for free admission. Exhibition tickets for Hollywood Costume are on sale now. Admission: $20 Adults ǀ $15 Seniors (62+) ǀ $10 for students with ID and children under 13. The Bing Theater is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus.

Public program tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID. Doors open one hour prior to each event. All seating is unreserved. Check back soon for on sale ticket dates.

 

The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations

Saturdays, October 4 through December 20
This screening series explores the relationship specific Hollywood costume designers have developed with directors, whether over large bodies of work or in concentrated periods of creative collaboration, spanning the silent era to present day. A diverse range of costume designers will speak about their work with noted directors:

Mary Zophres on Ethan and Joel Coen, Mark Bridges on Paul Thomas Anderson, Marilyn Vance on John Hughes, Jeffrey Kurland on Woody Allen, and Deborah Nadoolman Landis on John Landis.


The Costume of Silent Drama: Mary Pickford and Little Annie Rooney

November TBA
Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation.
The world premiere of a restoration by the Academy Film Archive of the silent classic, starring screen legend and Academy co-founder Mary Pickford.


Defining Character: The Art of the Costume Designer

Moderated by Hollywood Costume curator and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis
November TBA
Preeminent costume designers will discuss the art and process of creating on-screen characters through costuming. Topics include significant moments in film that have inspired their work, as well as the director-costume designer collaboration.


Street Clothes: Contemporary Costuming in New Hollywood

Fridays, January 9 through February 6
A survey of groundbreaking films from Hollywood’s “Silver Age” as told through costuming. This series examines how costume designers have depicted the dramatic flavors of contemporary urban American life.


Two Sides of a Designer

Saturdays, January 3 through February 28 
This series pays tribute to the adaptability and eclecticism of costume designers throughout cinema history by contrasting their approaches to different filmmakers, genres, styles and production modes.


Return to Oz: Costuming the Big Adventures of 1985

Fridays, February 13 through 27
This series celebrates the outlandish fantasies and screwball adventures that filled summer screens 30 years ago.


Masters of Hollywood Costume

Tuesday Matinees, 1 p.m.
The Golden Age of Hollywood as seen through the costumes of five iconic designers:
Travis Banton ǀ October 7–28
Orry-Kelly ǀ November 4–25
Walter Plunkett ǀ December 2–23
Adrian ǀ January 6–27
Marilyn by Travilla | February 3–24


 

Host Your Event At Hollywood Costume

From October 2, 2014 to March 2, 2015, the Academy will offer our friends and partners the opportunity to host special events at the Hollywood Costume exhibition. Hollywood Costume will offer an elegant and sophisticated setting for both intimate and high-profile events. Entertaining at Hollywood Costume is reserved for select supporting corporations and non-profits of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Support from corporations begins at $15,000 and $7,500 for non-profits.

For more information, including optional floor plans, click here.

 

Plan Your Visit

The exhibition is located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard in the Wilshire May Company Building, on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, Los Angeles 90036, next to LACMA. Entrance to the exhibition is on the north side of the building.

Hours

Monday 11 am–5 pm
Tuesday 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 am–5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 10 am–7 pm

The exhibition is open every day from October 2, 2014 to March 2, 2015 except for Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Oscar Sunday (02/22/15).

Purchasing Tickets

When purchasing, please select date and time carefully. Tickets are valid only for exact date/time specified (no exchanges/refunds). To purchase:

  1. Online
  2. By Phone: 310-247-3049 (9 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday)
  3. Group tickets for advanced orders of 15+: hollywoodcostume@oscars.org or 310-247-3049

To experience Hollywood Costume with exclusive access, become a Hollywood Costume Supporter. Enjoy free tickets, donor recognition, and invitations to programs and special events.

Getting Here

By bus:
Metro 20 & 720 on Wilshire and 217, 218 and 780 on Fairfax all stop within half a block of the exhibition. For public transportation information, call 323-GoMetro (323-466-3876) or use the
Metro Trip Planner.

By car:
From the Santa Monica Freeway (10), take Fairfax Avenue north 2 miles to Wilshire Boulevard.
From the southbound Hollywood Freeway, take Highland Avenue 3.5 miles south to Wilshire Boulevard; take a right on Wilshire and proceed 1 mile west.

Parking

Visitors may park in the Pritzker Parking Garage located on 6th Street just east of Fairfax Avenue, or in the lot at Spaulding Avenue and Wilshire Blvd. Parking costs $12 for the day. Metered parking on the street is also available.

Additional Parking Options:
Petersen Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd) – $10
Museum Square (679 Curson Ave) – $2.25/15 min, $13.50 max

Parking Guide


 

Contact Us

General Inquiries
310-247-3049
hollywoodcostume@oscars.org

Media Contact
Morgan Kroll
(310) 247-3020
mkroll@oscars.org

 

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