On October 20th, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will open an exhibit called ”Hollywood Costume,” featuring original costumes from films as diverse as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocky, and Shakespeare In Love. Curated by costume designer and UCLA professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the exhibit is the culmination of a five year project, and will run through January 13th.
Landis discussed the process in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
Landis (wife of director John Landis) also chose to profile the working wardrobes of two acting legends truly transformed by every film outfit: Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro. “Bob has saved all the costumes he’s worn since he was a young actor. Every. Single. Thing. They’re totems of those different characters, and he didn’t want anybody else to wear them,” she explains. Streep tried — and failed — to do the same thing. “She told me, ‘I was looking at a magazine the other day, and my daughter was wearing my boots from Out of Africa on a dance floor in a club.’ ”
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