Saturday, June 7, 2014


While down in "the Valley" this week, SWMBO (Judy) and I stopped at the Phoenix Art Museum to see a special exhibit.

"Hollywood Costume" features more than 100 costumes from a century of film making.

The exhibition was originally curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.  The Phoenix Art Museum showing, which runs to July 6th, is the second showing in the United States and the final showing.  Once it closes the costumes will go back to private owners and studio archives.  So it's a great chance to see costumes from some famous movies.

One can envision Elizabeth Taylor in this costume from Cleopatra.

Or Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady".

Right next to this much flashier costume worn by Streep as Donna in "Mamma Mia".

Glenn Close wore these costumes as Cruella De Vil in "101 Dalmatians".  You will notice the video screens where the characters' heads would be.  They play videos of the actual actors.

Warren Beatty's costume worn for the lead role in "Dick Tracy".

Some other gun-toters from "True Grit".

And Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress that blew up over a New York subway grate in "The Seven Year Itch".

There is much more and, if possible, you'd be well-advised to pay it a visit before it goes away.


Steve said...

That is nice.

Phil Perisich said...

Did they have the custome Bridgitte Bardot wore in "And God Created Woman"? It would be easy to overlook.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

It will live on in your memory, Phil.

Stephen Hayes said...

I find these types of exhibits great fun. I saw Dorothy's ruby slippers when they came to Portland.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

They were the last item in this exhibit. But SWMBO, who tends to be cynical, said there are thousands of pairs of them all over the world!

Phil Perisich said...

Like Buddha's bones.

Should Fish More said...

John Wayne's clothes are easily recognisable, he always had that 'high pockets' look. Very nice.

Tom Cochrun said...

Very cool!