Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Hollywood Costume explores the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of cinema, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films such as The Wizard of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Dark Knight Rises.

The exhibition includes cinema costumes from private and archival collections in California. Most have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the secure walls of the studio archives. The exhibition explores in detail how the design and use of costume has been central to the creation of some of the most iconic characters in popular culture and is a key component in what is arguably the greatest art form of the 20th century: cinema.

In addition to premiering Hollywood Costume in the United States, VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition. 

VMFA teams up with the Virginia Film Festival .
See Tippi Hedren from Hitchcock’s The Birds at both VMFA and the VFF in Charlottesville, plus see some of Hollywood Costumes’ films at the VFF.

Step into the Role of a Lifetime: Present a Hollywood Costume.

Free for VMFA members, children 6 and under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families.

$20 for adults

$16 for adult groups of
10+ (please click here)

$16 for seniors 65+

$10 for youth (7 – 17) and
students with school ID

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 804.340.1405.