Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Exhibition: Dressed By Angels – 175 Years of Costumes

twiggy, costume, the boy friend movie
Costumes from the movie The Boy Friend (1972), worn by Twiggy and Christopher Gable
wicked costume, stage, dressed by angels
Breathtaking stage costume for Wicked
Elizabeth costumes, Cate Blanchett, Dressed by Angels
Costumes from the movies Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth I (2005)
Dressed by Angels, Elizabeth costume, Cate Blanchett
Costume for Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998)
Paloma Faith, costume design, a perfect contradiction
Costume worn by singer Paloma Faith for her album cover A Perfect Contradiction (2014)
Dressed by Angels, Elizabeth II, coronation dress
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Dress (recreated 2012 and used for the TV series The Crown)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, costumes, Dressed by Angels
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) costumes worn by Sally Ann Howes and Robert Helpmann
Dressed by Angels, movie costumes, kate winslet
Recreations of the Titanic (1997) costumes worn by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio
dressed by angels, exhibition, costume design
Sweet fancy dress fairy costume (2015) – since Angels emblem has been a fairy for the past 20 years a must
Dressed by Angels, fancy dress, st peppers lonely hearts club band
St Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band based on Angels costumes for the Beatles cover, made for the Olympic Games 2012
stage costume, Mrs. Henderson presents, Dressed By Angels
One of my favourites: A stunning stage costume for Mrs. Henderson Presents

Do you love clothes and movies? Then the exhibition about the iconic costumes from film, TV and theatre by Angels in London will be your heaven! Over 100 carefully selected costumes, including many from Oscar® winning films are exhibited and tell the story behind the world's longest-established and greatest costume house.

Angels was founded by German tailor Daniel Angel. He moved to London in 1813 and began his business with a secondhand clothing shop. Daniel Angel was a pioneer in the hire business and one of the first costumiers that borrowed actors clothing for auditions. Until nowadays, Angels has been supplying costumes for the entertainment industry for 175 years – and seven generations of family history.

So it's no wonder the list of names of films they were involved is long and impressing : Star Wars, Titanic, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Elizabeth, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Shakespeare in Love, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Who and Gladiator are just a very few of the many well-known titles. The exhibition takes the visitors on a journey through Victorian London up to the present day.

Every costume has it's unique story, and you can have a glimpse behind the scenes. You'll find many original costumes and some not less impressing recreations. Some costumes had to be recreated due to their use – for example the original costumes for Titanic didn't survive the filming. To maintain authenticity the actors – and with them the costumes – were immersed in water for days. There are many interesting facts like this to find if you just dive into the world of Angels.

This exhibition is a visual feast; you will feel very close to a few of your most beloved movies and their stars. It's a very strange feeling to stand only a few centimeters from costumes worn by Cate Blanchett or Heath Ledger, almost like being part of the stories seen at the cinema. If you have the chance, you shouldn't miss this!

Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, When: Until 3 January 2016


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