Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood Exhibition

A close-up on one of Hollywood’s best costume designers.

It’s true that many Hollywood moments aren’t real, but there’s no doubt that most of the costumes featured in the films (from ball gowns to superhero suits), are.

They’re as real as the exceptional costume designers behind each work of art, one of whom we are proud to call our own.

Orry-Kelly is the gifted costume designer for illustrious films including 42nd Street (1933), Jezebel (1938), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), Auntie Mame (1958) and Gypsy (1962) and a major factor in the success of Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 

The Australian Centre for Moving Image has announced Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood, a detailed and comprehensive look at his career story and personal history, touching on his life as a proud young gay man who had a troubled relationship with great love, Cary Grant.

The exhibition will feature letters, clippings, paintings, drawings, archival footage and photographs, as well as the spectacular costumes themselves, reflecting the theatricality and glamour of mid-century Hollywood costume design.

18 August 2015 – 17 January 2016



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