'Hollywood Costume' is essentially the culmination of Landis' work as costume designer and historian and as an exhibition it presents the often hidden collaborative process of costume design to the public through a variety of artefacts and memorabilia. In addition to sourcing 100 costumes by over 50 designers, there are hundreds of unseen pre-production sketches, scripts and costume fitting photographs on display. It took five long years to put this exhibition together and Landis not only sourced costumes from 50 lenders worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, New York, Austin, Los Angeles, San Diego and South Korea, she also collaborated with Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, who each have a great presence in the exhibition through enlightening multimedia displays.
It certainly is the first exhibition to be entirely focused on the history of costume design in film and presents nearly a century of filmmaking; from Louise Glaum's spider web dress in Sex (1920) to Keira Knightley's Academy Award winning costumes in Anna Karenina (2012).
As patrons enter ACMI's Gallery 1, they will be met with a large screen projection of a montage featuring several iconic film characters adjusting their costumes; it is a great introduction.