What do Harry Potter, Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz have in common? Their iconic movie costumes are now on display at Phoenix Art Museum in central Phoenix, as part of the museum's new Hollywood Costume exhibit.
The show is quite a coup for the Phoenix Art Museum, which snagged the western U.S. premiere of this blockbuster exhibit. The multimedia show features more than 75 costumes from more than a century of film making, many of which have never been publicly displayed before.
The costumes are on loan from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Phoenix Art Museum is only the second venue in the United States to host the exhibition, and the first west of the Mississippi.
Phoenix Art Museum is hosting "Hollywood Costume," the museum's biggest exhibit to date. — Photo courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum
The museum is calling the show a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of some of the most recognizable costumes in movie history. Some of the show's highlights include Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz, Marilyn Monroe's white "subway" dress from The Seven Year Itch and Indiana Jones' rugged leather jacket from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Other highlights include costume pieces from Gladiator, Titanic, Dreamgirls and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Visitors can also get insight into costume pieces previously only seen on black-and-white film, like the peacock-inspired dress that actress Hedy Lamarr wore in Samson and Delilah.
Hollywood Costume, curated by Phoenix Art Museum's Dennita Sewell, is divided into three acts: "Deconstruction," "Dialogue" and "Finale." Together, the three acts are designed to tell the story of costume design in movie history.
"Deconstruction" examines the role of the costume designer in movie making. It takes a close look at the costume designer's creative process and includes pieces from The Last Emperor, Fight Club, Brokeback Mountain and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
The second part of the exhibit, "Dialogue," explores the collaborative process between costume designers, filmmakers and actors. It includes costumes from Gangs of New York, The Birds and Edward Scissorhands.
"Finale," the last part of the exhibit, displays some of the most beloved costumes in movie history. The costumes include the Batman suit from The Dark Knight Rises, Keira Knightly's green gown from Atonement and the Gryffindor uniform from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Hollywood Costume will be on display at the museum through July 6, 2014. Tickets for this special exhibition are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages six through 17. Children under six are free. Tickets can be purchased on Phoenix Art Museum's website.