Highlights of the Hollywood Costumes exhibition

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 4:42pm

Adrian Adolph Greenberg, known professionally as just Adrian, designed the blue and white gingham pinafore dress worn by Dorothy (Judy Garland) in The Wizard of Oz, which is one of the most recognised costumes in film history. Made as if sewn by Dorothy's grandmother, very few examples (several would have been made) of the original costume survived. One however, was stored in a London bank vault by a private collector and has the actress' name tag on it - proof that she wore it.

John Travolta's white suit from Saturday Night Fever was forced on him by the film's designer, Patrizia von Brandenstein. He visualised being dressed in black for the dance finale but, as the designer explained, heroes always wore white to express purity and single-minded devotion to the task at hand.

Two imperial costumes designed by James Acheson were worn by Joan Chen and John Lone in The Last Emperor. The budget was small, but they slowly built and developed the ideas for the wardrobe. "It went incredibly smoothly for a film that had such alarming logistics - over 10,000 costumes," says Acheson.

Francesca Fearon