The Durham Museum


Discover the glamour, luxury, and artistry of cinematic couture in CUT! Costume and the Cinema. You will experience five centuries of fashion and style as interpreted by award-winning costume designers. Through 43 period costumes, created by and borrowed from the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd., CUT! takes an in-depth look at the art of making costumes that set the scene and establish authenticity in period films. The films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, comedy, fantasy, and adventure through period costumes worn by such famous film stars as Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Uma Thurman, Angelica Huston and many others. In all, more than 30 actors will be represented from 27 films, including Sherlock Holmes, Academy Award winner The Duchess, and favorites Pirates of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Since 1986, when the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded to a Cosprop designer for A Room With A View, the company has supplied costumes for 24 nominated films. In 2008, three of the five Oscar nominees included Cosprop designs. In 2009, the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded for The Duchess, the highest accolade for a designer and the costumers. Like their period prototypes, these opulent costumes are crafted of sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery and lace. This beautiful exhibition will allow you to get close to the stories portrayed on screen and to appreciate the fine details that often can only fleetingly be viewed on the screen.

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The exhibition is presented by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ld., London, England.

Cut! Costume and the Cinema is generously sponsored by the On Track Guild, Mutual of Omaha, Douglas County Commissioners, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, Howard and Rhonda Hawks, Parker Family Foundation, Mary J. and John C. Mitchell, the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Carter and Vernie Jones, and KETV.

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