Eye Candy from My Visit to Movie Costume Exhibit

Sandra Bullock costume-In Love and War

I’ve finally been able to finish my post about the the Cut! Costume and the Cinema exhibit at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich Ma.  I visited just before starting my road trip back to Florida and along the way I got wind (no pun intended) of the fact that when I arrived I’d have to deal with  a totally unwelcome welcome home visit from Hurricane Matthew.

As soon as I pulled into my driveway I had to start prepping to protect my property as the storm was predicted to hit my area as a possible Category 4 within 24 hours. Hurricane shutters had to go up and all outdoor furniture had to be moved inside.  Luckily I had help, as it is a time consuming job. Not to mention you have to do this in 90 degree heat, with about 99% humidity! Basically, not a fun thing to do ever, never mind when you’ve just finished a 1500 mile road trip.

I was literally so dripping wet that I couldn’t even see what I was doing. This is what I should have been wearing to do this, something a bit more absorbent!

sponge-dressImage via Trendhunter

Then I remembered just how nerve wracking it was when I stayed in the house for Hurricane Wilma, which hit us with 120mph winds. So I decided it was best to be safe, than sorry and jumped back in the car with my kitties to stay with friends who live outside the predicted path of the storm.

So while sitting in a safe place, waiting for Matthew to hammer down on Florida, I finally got the time to post these photos I took of the spectacular period costumes from that exhibit. The workmanship and details on these outfits is truly incredible.

Nicole Kidman wore this in Portrait of a Lady, which takes place in the late 1800s.
Designer-Janet Patterson

Nicole Kidman Costume Portrait of a Lady

Emmy Rossum wore this pale pink confection in Phantom of the Opera.
Love the bustle train with rose accents.
Costume designed by Alexandra Byrne.

Emmy Rossum-Costume worn in Phantom of the OperaEmmy Rossum gown-Phantom of the Opera

Costume worn by Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland, which is set in 1904 London.
Designed by Alexandra Byrne

Kate Winslet- costume for Finding NeverlandKate Winslet costume-Fimding Neverland

Scarlett Johansson wore this gorgeous embroidered Victorian style costume in The Prestige,  set in the late nineteenth century.
Designed by Joan Bergin.

Scarlet Johansson gown-The Prestige

This magnificent red gown was worn by Lara Flynn Boyle in Land of the Blind.
It is rumored she cried when she had to take it off after her scene.
Designed by Phoebe de Gaye

Lara Flynn Boyle-Costume worn in Land of the Blind

Kate Beckinsale costume from The Golden Bowl, based on a Henry James novel from 1904.
Designed by John Bright

Kate Beckinsale-Costume worn for the Golden Bowl

Uma Thurman costume from The Golden Bowl.

Uma Thurman black gown- costume-The Golden Bowl
Keira Knightly wore this costume in The Duchess,
about Georgiana,the 18th century Duchess of Devonshire.
Designed by Michael O’Connor.

Kiera Knightly-Costume from The Duchess

These next two gowns I could totally envision wearing to a formal event today.

Beaded dress worn by Vanessa Redgrave in Mrs. Dalloway,
an adaptation of the 1923 novel by Virginia Wolf.
Love the beaded fringe on the sleeves.
Designed by Judy Pepperdine.

Vanessa Redgrave-Mrs Dalloway costume

Burnout velvet gown worn by Maggie Smith in Gosford Park.
Designed by Jenny Beaven.

Maggie Smith-costume worn on Gosford Park

And to see more images of the fabulous costumes from the exhibit, check out this slideshow.

BTW, am back home again breathing a big sigh of relief, as the storm veered just enough off the coast at the last minute to not inflict any major damage to my area.  Unfortunately there were many folks north of here who weren’t so lucky.

As far as the costumes, which one is your favorite?

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By | 2016-10-10T09:32:28-04:00 October 10th, 2016|Fashion, Travel|10 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Kirsten! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂

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    Kirsten Wick October 14, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Oh dear, good to know you’re safe and sound!!! And look at all these dresses, I love exhibit like these, thanks so very much for sharing. Love, Kirsten


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Liz, it really was so much fun seeing these stunning garments up close. The pictures don’t do justice to how elaborate the construction details are on many of them. The exhibit has been travelling around North America, so maybe it will eventually show up somewhere near you so you can see it too! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  4. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I agree. It is hard to pick a favorite. They’re all so beautiful in their own unique way. That red one though is truly outstanding. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Really appreciate it 🙂

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    Liz October 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

    So many beautiful outfits from so many of my favorite movies. I think i would have to of cried if I had to take any of them off (but definitely that red one..wow!!). What a great exhibit!

    Liz 🙂

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    Linda October 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Wonderful exhibit! I do love vintage! Hard to pick a favourite, but the red dress, as well as the outfit in the photo just before it, would be my favourites here. 🙂

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks, Vix! Everything fine now. Just cleaning up yard mess. Isn’t that sponge outfit a hoot? I had never seen most of the movies those costumes were from either. But now I’m determined to check them out. Not surprised you’re attracted to gowns with fabulous sleeves 🙂

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    Theresa Campbell October 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    That outfit from The Prestige is crazy beautiful. So much detail. I imagine getting to wear costumes like that has to be one of the most fun things about being an actor! As far as the storm, thanks for your concern. It does get to be nerve wracking waiting for it, not knowing how serious it will be. We certainly dodged a bullet as they say.

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    Vix October 11, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hope you’re safe and out of harm’s way now, Theresa.
    I love that sponge outfit, I want one for myself.
    I’ve never seen any of those films/series but I love Kate Winslett’s Finding Neverland outfit. Its all in the sleeves. xxx

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    Suzanne October 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Oh wow! What a fantastic exhibit! All of the pieces looked AMAZING! I would have loved to have attended.

    I think my favourite might be from The Prestige.

    I can see how wearing such art pieces would have a transformative effect for the actors wearing them. Those costume designers are true artists.

    Glad you managed to escape the hurricane unscathed.


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