Through the years, and a series of take-overs, they have amassed an archive of costume from some truly great films, so I knew this exhibition would be worth the trip.
It goes without saying there is a bit of Doctor Who on show, so I not entirely off duty!
When I bought my ticket online I noticed there was also an opportunity to go with a tour guide to show you around and give some background information on the displays. I therefore booked for today’s 11am tour.I will do a separate posting about the Doctor Who display to do it justice, so what I have written about below excludes this, plus some stuff I am not personally interested in.
The venue was somewhat hard to find - in fact it is hidden away in an alley off Brick Lane, then down stairs into a basement of what was once a brewery.
I guessed it would be a bit tricky to locate, so I did allow some extra time for my journey, which actually meant I had time before the official tour to have a nose round on my own to see what was on show.
These were made by Angels for the cinemas sprouting up across the UK at the time, making visiting them a more eventful and special experience.
We then came to the first of my childhood influences - The Red Shoes.
It was stunning to see the actual shoes and ballet dress on show. I had never seen them before.
Not far away was a composited Sherlock Holmes costume, made up in part of an Inverness cape worn by Peter Cushing in the Hammer Hound Of The Baskervilles, as well as a suit underneath from the 1968 BBC version.
This was next to a glass cabinet containing Peter Sellers’ tweed hat and moustache from his Pink Panther films of the 1960s and 70s.
These costumes were worn by lead stars Twiggy and Christopher Gable (of Caves Of Androzani Fame).
Next was Heath Ledger’s last costume as he worn in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.
Sitting in a chair opposite was Ernst Stavro Blofeld as depicted in You Only Live Twice, complete with white cat.
That particular bond film was screenplay by Roald Dahl, as was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, another Broccoli adaptation of a Ian Fleming novel.
the Childcatcher scared the life out of me, as I’m sure it did many who saw it.
Moving on, I came to something else that scared the life out of me as a child - Dracula, as played by Christopher Lee in the many Hammer films he did in the 1960s and early 70s.
Also here was Glenda Jackson’s Cleopatra outfit from her appearance on the iconic Morecambe & Wise Christmas special.
These are good examples of modern period pieces, and how costumes are often newly made, but broken down to age them prior to filming.
Also here was a set of Sargent Pepper tunics, but these came from the opening ceremony.
All in all it is quite a good exhibition, covering many popular films and tv shows. There was space for more stuff, so it was disappointing it hadn’t been filled as well as it could have been. That said every piece was worth seeing and with the photo displays alongside you could clearly see everything was original and screen worn.