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Dressing the Stars

16th Febuary - 9th June 2013

Woodhorn hosted a stunning exhibition of costumes from the movies. ‘Dressing the Stars’ was a celebration of British costume design with all of the sumptuous outfits on show either winners or nominees at the BAFTAs and Oscars.

On display were 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 were the costumes themselves on display but there was also information about the designers and the processes 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.

This was produced in partnership with: Woodhorn Museum and Yvonne Hellin Hobbs

Image Credit: Kevin Gibson Photogrpahy