Harry Winston has announced its partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, as lead sponsor of Hollywood Costume, a major new exhibition that will run at the V&A in London from 20 October 2012 to 27 January 2013.
Hollywood Costume is a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating costume design for motion pictures as a vibrant modern art form and a key component of cinema storytelling. It will gather together some of the most beloved and iconic costumes from over 100 years of cinematic history including the Silent era, Golden Age of Hollywood, and modern digital productions. The exhibition will explore the art of costume design - from the glamorous to the very subtle - as an essential way of building character and storytelling.
Harry Winston was dazzling Hollywood long before Marilyn Monroe whispered “Talk to me Harry Winston, tell me all about it” in the film classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Revolutionizing modern red carpet glamour, Harry Winston was the first jeweller to loan to an actress for the Academy Awards. In 1944, he dressed Best Actress winner Jennifer Jones in his signature diamonds. In doing so, Winston set a new standard and Hollywood glamour was forever changed - a ‘Jeweller to the Stars’ was born.
From Jennifer Jones to Jennifer Lopez, Sophia Loren to Scarlett Johansson, Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor to Angelina Jolie... generations of Hollywood icons and luminaries have looked to Harry Winston to complete their red carpet style.
Harry Winston was also the jeweller of choice when it came to the silver screen. Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946), Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967), Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and the romantic comedies Maid in Manhattan (2002) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), have all one thing in common - Harry Winston’s cinematic jewels. For over seven decades, the House of Harry Winston has been an integral part of Hollywood’s glamorous history. Marrying beautiful leading ladies with beautiful gems, its jewellery has become an icon of international glamour and continues to sparkle on red carpets and movie screens around the globe.
For the first time, Hollywood Costume will unite classics from the Golden Age including Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress designed by Adrian for The Wizard of Oz (1939), Scarlett O’Hara’s green ‘curtain’ dress designed by Walter Plunkett for Gone with the Wind (1939) with the latest Hollywood releases including Consolata Boyle’s costumes for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011).
Using montages, film clips and projections, the clothes will be placed in their original context, alongside interviews with key Hollywood costume designers, directors and actors talking about the role costume plays in creating a character.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Hollywood costume designer and senior guest curator, said: “This landmark exhibition will provide a once in a life-time opportunity to explore the most beloved characters in Hollywood history and gain insight on the role of the costume designer and their vital contribution to cinema storytelling.”
Commenting on the partnership Frédéric de Narp, President & CEO, Harry Winston Inc. said: “Harry Winston has long been known as ‘Jeweller to the Stars’, so we are extremely proud to support and be involved with Hollywood Costume. Through this partnership, we pay homage to the legacy of our founder, Mr. Harry Winston, who was the first jeweller to loan diamonds to a celebrity on the red carpet. In the V&A, we have found a new and like-minded brand partner, and look forward to building a strong relationship with this pioneering museum of art and design. “
Exhibition opening times
20 October 2012–27 January 2013, daily 10.00–17.30â€¨ (last ticket sold 16.45, last entry 17.00)â€¨, Friday 10.00–21.30â€¨ (last ticket sold 20.45, last entry 21.00)
Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closingâ€¨
N.B. The Museum will be closed from 24–26 December 2012
Late night opening
The V&A is open late every Friday – why not take this opportunity to visit Hollywood Costume, meet friends and have a drink in the café-bar?
How to reach the V&A
Victoria and Albert Museumâ€¨
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000
Timed tickets are in operationâ€¨. Advance booking is strongly recommended
£15.50 Full (including donation*)â€¨
£12.50 Senior citizens (including donation*)â€¨
£11.00 Senior citizens
£9.00 Full-time students, 12–17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled peopleâ€¨ £23.00/£37.00
Family tickets (one adult & two 12–17-year-olds/ two adults and two 12–17-year-olds )â€¨
Plus £1 handling charge per transaction
Book in person at the V&A
Prices as above. No handling charge or booking fee.
Book by phone
Tel. +44 (0)20 7907 7073 (more than 48 hours prior to visit only)â€¨
Pricesâ€¨ for phone bookings:
£12.60 Senior citizensâ€¨
£10.60 Full-time students, 12–17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people
£26.20 Family of 3 (one adult & two 12–17-year-olds)â€¨
£40.70 Family of 4 (two adults & two 12–17-year-olds)
Includes booking fee per ticket