Eleanor Philpot

New costume exhibition to open at the National Theatre in October

9:19, 29th August 2019

Featuring costumes from productions such as Warhorse, the collection will shine a light on the detailed process of costume making

Running from 3 October to March, a new costume exhibition is to be held at the National Theatre’s Wolfson Gallery. The display will also include garments designed and worn for productions such as War Horse, Dominic Cooke’s 2017 staging of Follies, as well as last year Anthony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes.

Aoife Monks, who curated the exhibition worked alongside NT’s costume team, has ensured that the exhibition focuses not just on the design themselves but the all important production process too. With this in mind, the exhibition will showcase all aspects of costume making including design construction, sourcing and alterations among others.

Monks says, ‘Costume is one of the first things we see on stage, telling us immediately about the world of the show we are about to watch. Despite this we often overlook it, thinking more about the character wearing their fictional clothes than the actor in their costume…however, even the most ordinary costumes take extraordinary amounts of work. Drawing on interviews with NT staff, this exhibition reveals the skill, thought and time that costume requires. You will never overlook it in the same way again.’

As well as a book being published, a series of talks will also accompany the exhibition’s run.

For more information visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/


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