Film, geekery, Lifestyle

V&A Hollywood costume exhibition

When I say “I’m a film geek”, I don’t use the expression lightly. It’s not like someone saying “hey, I’m such a film geek. I really can’t wait for the new Twilight film”. I say it and mean “I’m such a film geek. I subscribe to half a dozen magazines, have hundreds of DVDs, read and write blogs, have a bookcase full of text books on film history, great directors, film criticism and genres through the ages – as well as all of my old film studies text books. I read these things for fun!” So when I say “I’m a film geek”, believe it, bruv! (Cool points for anyone who gets that film reference).

So, this thing is coming up at the V&A. It’s a Hollywood Costume exhibition and I have to go. Even though it’s in London and I’m in Cornwall and it will mean a loooong day on the train there, checking out the stuff, maybe squeezing in a bit of shopping and getting the train home. But it will totally be worth it. I went up last year for the Grace Kelly exhibition and also went to the one on Marilyn Monroe at the American Museum in Bath. Yeah, I’m hardcore! And the best thing about this exhibition? It’s not just about an actress I love and admire. It’s about the gorgeous and influential costumes from the wide range of films that I love.

“This ground-breaking exhibition includes over 100 of the most iconic and unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking.”

Featuring costumes from films as varied as Fight Club, Marie Antoinette, Some Like it Hot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Matrix and Spiderman, it is incredibly likely that I’ll be dragging my jaw around the exhibition after it drops at the first costume.

It’s on from 20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch it. And if you time your visit just right, you can get involved with one of these fantastic events too, ranging from workshops for youngsters, to seminars and performances. I’m gutted I can’t do it all!

Entrance to the main exhibition is free to V&A members and £15.50 for a full price ticket. I can’t wait!

Check out the V&A website for full details.

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