Heavenly Costumes: Dressed By Angels Exhibition

One of the exciting things about being a writer, is that I am lucky enough to attend private views and press views of fascinating events. One such event recently, was the press view of the Dressed By Angels: 175 Years of Costumes exhibition.

My full report and pictures are already live on our Vintage News site, so I shall just do a brief recap here, rather than reiterate the entire report.

Angels is the world’s largest costume house, and have been supplying the entertainment industry with perfectly historically accurate costumes and accessories for over 175 years. Their warehouse contains over 8 miles(!) of costume rails, and their work has been featured across numerous television, theatre and film productions.

Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

As a university student, I was lucky enough to visit their workshop in my first year as a costume undergraduate, and I was blown away.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

This exhibition is displayed across numerous rooms, and there is plenty to see. The display begins by taking the audience back to Victorian London, and goes right up to the modern-day. Along the way we see – bespoke top hat and tails for Fred Astaire, Moira Shearer’s red ballet shoes from the movie of the same name, one of Twiggy’s gown’s from the movie The Boyfriend, Heath Ledger’s clown costume from his final film; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, stage costumes from the Broadway production of Wicked, and many, many more.

Stage costumes from the Broadway production of Wicked

Immediately recognisable are Rose and Jack’s costumes from James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic, various costumes from Mrs Henderson Presents 2005, a stunningly realistic interpretation – complete with cat(!) of Blofeld’s costume from Bond film You Only Live Twice 1967, costumes from The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968, Velvet Goldmine 1998, My Week With Marilyn 2011 and again, many more.

Moira Shearer’s ballet costume from The Red Shoes (1948)

A recreation of Moira’s ballet shoes from The Red Shoes (1948)

The exhibition was so large, and contained so many wonderful costumes, it really is difficult to name them all!

Costumes for Fred Astaire and his sister Adele for the Broadway production of Lady Be Good (1926)

I would definitely recommend visiting Dressed By Angels, if you are a movie fan, or an avid lover of costumes, fashion and historical clothing. Alongside the actual costumes, there is also a gallery of costume designs, and a recreation of a costume workroom, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse into the process of costume making.

Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

Dressed By Angels: 175 Years of Costumes runs until 3rd January 2016. For ticket and venue information, visit their website here.

Until next time dears!

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2 thoughts on “Heavenly Costumes: Dressed By Angels Exhibition

  1. Mim says:

    I believe Christopher Lee used to get them to make his suits – being so tall, he found they dressed him better than any other firm offscreen as well as on!

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