Memorable movie costumes at the Durham
December 5th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A collection of some of the finest and most memorable costumes from the big screen is currently on display at the Durham Museum in Omaha.
â€œSo right when you come in the exhibit, youâ€™ll see the Johnny Depp costume from Pirates of the Caribbean, for his Captain Jack Sparrow.â€ The Durhamâ€™s Shawna Forsberg recently led me on a tour of the museumâ€™s latest exhibit: Cut! Costume and the Cinema. And the first stop: the ragged jacket, scuffed leather boots and signature black pirateâ€™s hat of Captain Jack.
â€œWhat I think is kind of neat about this is he had to have several â€¦ costumes made that were similar, because of all the action that was involved in that film,â€ Forsberg said. â€œHe was jumping in the water, and all the different, crazy things he did in that film.â€
The traveling exhibit is a collection of 43 costumes created – and borrowed – by the London costume house Cosprop, one of the most prestigious costume design shops in the industry. Forsberg said the exhibit highlights the intricacy and skilled craftsmanship of the work, as well as the evolution of clothing design.
In fact, it covers five centuries of fashion, and includes actress Keira Knightleyâ€™s intricately woven dress from the 2008 film The Duchess, which is set in the 18th century. Forsberg said women during that time period made up for their diminutive public status with eye-catching attire.
â€œThey really tried to expand their form,” she said. “They would have really wide skirting, very tall and opulent hair, and very ornate clothing so that they had quite a presence when they walked into a room.â€
Cut! Costume and the Cinema opened Dec. 3rd at the Durham Museum.
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