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Hollywood costumes exhibition opens in London

 Lorraine Ashbourne and Andy Serkis arrive on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, ...
 Michelle Rodriguez arrives on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012  The exhib...
 Michelle Rodriguez arrives on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012  The exhib...
 Alice Temperley arrives on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012  The exhibiti...
 Michael Kaplan, left, and Helena Bonham Carter arrive on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesda...
 A selection of costumes showing various designs and outfits worn by actress playing royal and regal  characters seen at the Hollywood Costume exhibit...
 The blue and white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic  role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz, ...
 A costume worn by British actress Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the iconic 1939 movie 'Gone with the Wind' on display at the Hollywood Costume e...
 One of the four original pairs of 'Ruby Slippers' worn by Judy Garland playing Dorothy from the iconic 1939 Wizard of Oz film on view at the Hollywoo...
 The green dress worn by actress Tippi Hedern for the 1963 film The Birds in which she played Melanie Daniels, the costume was designed by Edith Head ...

V and A Hollywood Costume Dinner-Arrivals

Lorraine Ashbourne and Andy Serkis arrive on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, ...

V and A Hollywood Costume Dinner-Arrivals

Michelle Rodriguez arrives on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 The exhib...

V and A Hollywood Costume Dinner-Arrivals

Michelle Rodriguez arrives on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 The exhib...

V and A Hollywood Costume Dinner-Arrivals

Alice Temperley arrives on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 The exhibiti...

V and A Hollywood Costume Dinner-Arrivals

Michael Kaplan, left, and Helena Bonham Carter arrive on the red carpet for the V&A Hollywood Costume Dinner at the V&A museum in west London, Tuesda...

Britain Hollwood Costume

A selection of costumes showing various designs and outfits worn by actress playing royal and regal characters seen at the Hollywood Costume exhibit...

Britain Hollywood Costume

The blue and white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz, ...

Britain Holltwood Costume

A costume worn by British actress Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the iconic 1939 movie 'Gone with the Wind' on display at the Hollywood Costume e...

Britain Hollywood Costume

One of the four original pairs of 'Ruby Slippers' worn by Judy Garland playing Dorothy from the iconic 1939 Wizard of Oz film on view at the Hollywoo...

Britain Hollywood Costume

The green dress worn by actress Tippi Hedern for the 1963 film The Birds in which she played Melanie Daniels, the costume was designed by Edith Head ...

A new London exhibition has brought together more than 100 Hollywood costumes, from Darth Vader's suit to the world's most famous ruby slippers.
The show, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, aims to tell the story of the process of costume design and how it helps create believable characters, curators said Tuesday.
"It's not really about the clothes _ it's really about creating an authentic individual, every time," said guest curator Deborah Landis, who has designed costumes for movies including "The Blues Brothers."
Many of cinema's most legendary outfits are here: Charlie Chaplin's baggy suit, hat and cane ensemble; Holly Golightly's black Givenchy gown in "Breakfast at Tiffany's;" Scarlett O'Hara's green velvet dress from "Gone with the Wind;" and Indiana Jones' leather jacket and fedora from "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Among the show's highlights are Dorothy's ruby slippers and blue and white gingham pinafore from "The Wizard of Oz," which were united for the first time since the 1939 movie was filmed.
The museum's assistant curator, Keith Lodwick, said his team spent five years on a worldwide treasure hunt, borrowing the costumes from museums, collectors and film studios.
There were plenty of glamorous gowns from Hollywood's best-known screen sirens: Marilyn Monroe's white halter-neck dress from "The Seven Year Itch;" Elizabeth Taylor's floor-length cream gown in "Cleopatra;" and Barbra Streisand's purple evening dress in "Funny Girl."
But Lodwick said the exhibition also included some unusual choices to surprise viewers expecting just outlandish sci-fi outfits and elaborate period costumes.
"All movie costumes, no matter the genre, are always meticulously researched," Lodwick said.
Matt Damon's casual outfit in the "Bourne Identity" action movies, for example, may "look just like a jacket and shirt, but it was meant to make him disappear into a crowd," he said.
The exhibition opens Saturday and runs until Jan. 27.