Saturday, November 24th 2012
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Hollywood Costume at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)




Hollywood Costume, the V&A's major autumn exhibition, will gather together over one hundred of the most iconic costumes designed for unforgettable cinema characters over a century of film-making.


Presentation by the Museum (Deborah Nadoolman Landis Senior Guest Curator, 'Hollywood Costume')

(c) V&A images. Hollywood Costume sponsored by Harry Winston
(c) V&A images. Hollywood Costume sponsored by Harry Winston
'Clothes are never a frivolity, they always mean something'
James Laver (1899–1975), first Keeper of the V&A Theatre Collections


Costume designers are storytellers, historians, social commentators and anthropologists. Movies are about people, and costume design plays a pivotal role in bringing these people to life. 'Hollywood Costume' illuminates the costume designer’s process in the creation of character from script to screen including the changing social and technological context in which they have worked over the last century.

This ground-breaking exhibition includes over 100 of the most iconic and unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking, 1912–2012. 'Hollywood Costume' takes us on a three-gallery journey from Charlie Chaplin through the Golden Age of Hollywood to the cutting-edge design for 'Avatar (2009, Costume Designer Mayes C Rubeo, Deborah L Scott) and 'John Carter of Mars' (2012, Costume Designer Mayes C Rubeo): Act 1, Deconstruction, puts us in the shoes of the costume designer and illuminates the process of designing a character from script to screen; Act 2, Dialogue, examines the key collaborative role of the costume designer within the creative team; Act 3, Finale, celebrates the most beloved characters in the history of Hollywood and the ‘silver screen’.

These galleries are filled with cinema costumes that have never left the private and archival collections in California. Most of these clothes have never been publicly displayed and have never been seen beyond the secure walls of the studio archives.

Information given by the V&A

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Walt Disney Pictures/The Kobal Collection, 2007. (c) Walt Disney Pictures/The Kobal Collection . Hollywood Costume sponsored by Harry Winston.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Walt Disney Pictures/The Kobal Collection, 2007. (c) Walt Disney Pictures/The Kobal Collection . Hollywood Costume sponsored by Harry Winston.
Tickets for Hollywood Costume are very limited at weekends. Please book your tickets online in advance and consider visiting Monday-Friday where possible. The exhibition is open until 21.45 every Friday (last ticket sold at 20.45, last entry 21.00).

Exhibition opening times will be extended to 20.00 on Saturday evenings EXCLUDING 1 & 15 December 2012. Please note there will be no access to the rest of the museum after 17.45. Last ticket sold 17.30 (subject to availability)

Timed tickets are in operation

There are a limited number of tickets available to purchase at the Museum on the day and we advise arriving at the V&A at 10.00 to secure these. Please note that tickets purchased on the day will be for a range of time slots throughout the day and not necessarily for immediate entry to the exhibition.

Booking fees apply to advance tickets booked both online and over the phone, with a lower fee applicable to online bookings. Advance online and telephone tickets can only be booked up to 24 hours prior to visit.

Free to V&A Members (join today, membership starts at £64)

Book online
Prices
£15.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£12.50 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£14.00 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£11.00 Senior citizens (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£9.00 Full-time students, 12–17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£23.00 (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)/£37.00 (+£3.30 booking fee per ticket) Family tickets (one adult & two 12–17-year-olds/ two adults and two 12–17-year-olds )

*If you donate a minimum of 10% on top of your ticket price and are a UK tax payer, the Gift Aid scheme means we can claim back the tax you have already paid on the earnings used to buy the ticket. This means we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you give us – vital support for our work.

Book in person at the V&A
Prices as above. No handling charge or booking fee.

Book by phone
+44 (0)20 7907 7073 (more than 48 hours prior to visit only)
Prices
£15.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.80 booking fee per ticket)
£12.50 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.60 booking fee per ticket)
£14.00 Full (+£1.80 booking fee per ticket)
£11.00 Senior citizens (+£1.60 booking fee per ticket)
£9.00 Full-time students, 12–17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.60 booking fee per ticket)
£23.00 (+£3.20 booking fee per ticket)/£37.00 (+£3.70 booking fee per ticket) Family tickets (one adult & two 12–17-year-olds/two adults & two 12–17-year-olds)

Free tickets and member rates
Free to under-12s, carers accompanying disabled people, V&A Members and Patrons, ICOM / Museum Association card holders, Blue Badge Guides, American and International Friends of the V&A. Half-price tickets for Art Fund and D&AD members.

Groups (10+ visitors)
10% discount
Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book
Special talks and tours are available to complement the exhibition
Call +44(0)20 7942 2211 or email bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Educational Groups (10+ visitors)
Admission is £2 per person for school, college and university groups booking at least 10 days in advance. Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).

Community Groups (10+ visitors)
Admission is free to community groups booking at least 10 days in advance. Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).


Visitor information
Exhibition opening times
20 October 2012–27 January 2013
Daily 10.00–17.30
(last ticket sold 16.45, last entry 17.00)
Friday 10.00–21.30
(last ticket sold 20.45, last entry 21.00)

Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing
NB: The Museum will be closed from 24–26 December 2012

Please note there will be no access to the rest of the museum after 17.45

Late night opening
The V&A is open late every Friday – why not take this opportunity to visit Hollywood Costume, meet friends and have a drink in our café-bar.

How to reach the V&A
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
London Underground
The Museum is a 5-minute walk from South Kensington London Underground station (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and a 10-minute walk from Knightsbridge London Underground station (Piccadilly Line).

Buses
The C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus sightseeing tour of London.

Access
There is full access to the galleries. We have a wide range of services for disabled visitors.
Call +44 (0)20 7942 2766 or textphone +44 (0)20 7942 2002 for details.
For more information on access, see V&A Disability Information

Photography and sketching
We are not able to allow photography or sketching in the temporary exhibitions due to copyright restrictions.

Sabine Chaouche

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