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Hollywood Costume at the V&A

September 2012

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Coming soon: a new exhibition of costumes from your favourite films at London's V&A. Curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis, who went around the world to track down of cinema's most iconic costumes for the exhibition, talks us through five of the costumes on display
Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I
Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne. Illustrator David Downton. © 2012 Universal Pictures

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Designed by Alexandra Byrne, worn by Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I

'On this plinth you'll be able to see the deconstructed parts which make up this complex costume: the corset, the farthingale, the petticoats, the ruff and the gauntlet gloves. Although costumes are historic it's good to keep in 
mind that costumes are theatrical art — they don't necessarily have to be 100 per cent historically correct — we just have to convince the audience that it feels real.' 

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