Iconic costumes including Audrey Hepburn’s LBD and Sharon Stone’s revealing Basic Instinct dress to go on show

By LUCY WATERLOW

PUBLISHED: 14:29 GMT, 20 August 2012 | UPDATED: 14:52 GMT, 20 August 2012

From the Little Black Dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the gingham pinafore seen on Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, some Hollywood outfits have become as iconic as the actresses who wore them.

Now film fans will have the opportunity to see the costumes close-up as a collection of famous outfits spanning a century of movie making will go on display at London’s V&A museum this autumn.

As well as Holly Golightly’s black dress and Dorothy’s pinafore, the revealing white dress worn by actress Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct will also be on display.

Frock star: Judy Garland's pinafore from her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz will go on display at the V&A
Frock star: Judy Garland's pinafore from her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz will go on display at the V&A

Frock star: Judy Garland’s pinafore from her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz will go on display at the V&A

In the 1992 film, Stone’s character Catherine Tramell repeatedly crosses her legs during a police interrogation with Michael Douglas, leading to speculation that she was not wearing any underwear.

Other iconic costumes at the major exhibition at the museum in Kensington, west London, are Marilyn Monroe’s sheer white cocktail dress from Some Like It Hot and Meryl Streep’s outfits from when she portrayed Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film The Iron Lady.

Male costumes are not over-looked with Christian Bales’ Batman suit from this year’s hit The Dark Knight Rises and Daniel Radcliffe’s Gryffindor school uniform from his role as Harry Potter also going on show.

The ultimate LBD: Audrey Hepburn's costume from Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most iconic in the exhibition
The ultimate LBD: Audrey Hepburn's costume from Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most iconic in the exhibition

The ultimate LBD: Audrey Hepburn’s costume from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic in the exhibition

The exhibition has involved sourcing, identifying and securing objects over the course of five years.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a Hollywood costume designer and a guest curator, said: ‘This landmark exhibition will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the most beloved characters in Hollywood history and gain insight on the role of the costume designer and their vital contribution to cinema storytelling.’

Sir Christopher Frayling, a fellow curator, added: ‘The design of costumes for films is often take for granted or misunderstood.

White heat: Sharon Stone's dress from her infamous scene in Basic Instinct will also be part of the exhibitionWhite heat: Sharon Stone’s dress from her infamous scene in Basic Instinct will also be part of the exhibition

‘This exhibition presents an ideal opportunity to set the record straight and will do so in a most spectacular way.’

The collectors who have loaned to the exhibition range from major motion picture studios, costume houses, public museums and archives and private individuals.

Other famous costumes include those from such films as Fight Club, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Addams Family, The Last Emperor and Brokeback Mountain.

Also on show are costumes from Cleopatra, Ben Hur, True Grit, Star Wars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Avatar.

Hollywood costumes exhibition will take place at the V&A from October 20 to January 27.
From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2191015/Iconic-costumes-including-Audrey-Hepburns-LBD-Sharon-Stones-revealing-Basic-Instinct-dress-V-A-museum.html

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