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HOLLYWOOD COSTUME

There's no place like the V&A ("Auntie Em!!?")


My, how we love the V&A. Otherwise known as London's Victoria and Albert Museum. In fact we love it so much we are going to have to go on a bit of a ramble before getting to the actual point of this blog.

Not only is there a recreation of Kylie's Showgirl dressing room (including a message written in lipstick on her mirror from her sister) to stand and gawp at every time you visit, but also, one of our favourite exhibits of last year, The House of Annie Lennox, is still on. Corsets, Brit Awards, yellowing pieces of paper sprawled with song lyrics forever etched in our brains while No More I Love Yous plays in the background...GO. NOW. Or at least before it wraps up on the 26 February.

But you know what, they've got something even better in store for their major autumn exhibition. It's called Hollywood Costume and will do exactly what it says on the tin; it's set to launch on 20 October and run until 27 January 2013, and is going to be quite simply incredible.

It's sure to be one of those rare cultural moments that will unite the interest of ALL of us. Not only us and our heterosexual counterparts, but more miraculously, us, full stop – gays of all shapes and sizes. Old school queens forever obsessed with Golden Age screen sirens; sensitive romantics emotionally scarred by Brokeback Mountain; comic fanatics who worship Spiderman; members of the fash pack with a penchant for dresses worn by Keira Knightly; Star Wars geeks (you lot will be VERY happy); Meryl Streep disciples (that's all of us, right?) and those aroused at the thought of Captain Jack Sparrow's smelly old trousers (that's all of us, right?). There is going to be something for everyone at this absolute blockbuster of an exhibit.

Seriously. We dropped by the V&A this morning to hear all about it and, in a sneak preview, were greeted by the sight of Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz pinafore. It's pretty cool. Throw into the mix Indiana Jones' leather and Holly Golightly's black dress, pearl necklace and cigarette holder and you've got a collection of, erm, inanimate material objects loaded with meaning and resonance for anyone who's ever stepped foot in a cinema and quite possibly the gayest exhibit of all time.

Costume design by Adrian and work by Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in The Wizard of Oz 1939) MGM. Private Collection. Paramount Pictures, Inc. (1939) Turner Entertainment, Co./Warner Bros. At the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

Vam.ac.uk/hollywoodcostume

Photo: Jamie Tabberer


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