Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland is to host a stunning exhibition of costumes from the movies from mid-February. ‘Dressing the Stars’ is a celebration of British costume design with all of the sumptuous outfits on show either winners or nominees at the BAFTAs and Oscars, beginning February 16.
On display will be forty costumes worn by stars such as Keira Knightley in The Duchess, Kate Winslett, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean, Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth, Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love, and Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech.
The first Brit to win a costume Oscar was Roger Furse for Hamlet in 1948 and the exhibition includes the costume worn by Sir Laurence Olivier in the title role. Since then there have been many nominated and winning British costume designers at the American and British Film Academy Awards, and in the past fifty years the Brits having been sweeping the board in Hollywood.
Not only will the costumes themselves be on display but there will also be information about the designers and the process involved in creating an award winning costume. From the first reading of the script to consultation with actors and directors, the creative process of interpretation is often arduous and fraught, but immensely rewarding as visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate.
An added bonus for exhibition visitors on Saturday 16 and February 17 will be the appearance of the UK’s leading Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike. He will be keeping everything ship shape between 11am and 3pm.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 16 February until Sunday 2 June.