The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures isn’t slated to open there for another three years, but the old May Company building at Wilshire and Fairfax is getting a taste of Tinseltown in the fall. The Academy said today that it is bringing the touring exhibit Hollywood Costume to the Miracle Mile for a five-month run in October. The exhibit put together by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London features nearly 150 costumes, and the Academy is adding 30 more from such recent films as Dallas Buyers Club, The Hunger Games and Django Unchained, along with a new interview with Quentin Tarantino and Django costume designer Sharen Davis. Hollywood Costume also will feature the original ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz, shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress, and clothes from such classics as Mary Poppins, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Titanic.

The non-chronological, four-gallery exhibit also uses montages, animation, film clips and projections to tell the history of costumes on the silver screen from Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp to last year’s Man Of Steel. Clothes are exhibited alongside quotes and interviews with costume designers, directors and actors about how the costumes helped create the characters onscreen.

Said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, “Hollywood Costume invites visitors to see some of the most well-known costumes from their favorite movies and to explore the impact designers have in creating our most beloved characters.” The show — which is not part of the future Academy Museum — will run October 2 to March 2, and tickets went on sale today.

Thadd Williams
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Saw "Hollywood Costume" last winter at the Virginia Fine Arts Museum. It's a good, not great, look...