Over 100 of Hollywood's most iconic costumes created for unforgettable cinema characters over a century of film-making will be on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Starting 20 Oct, 2012, the exhibition is slated to be one of the biggest of its kind uniting classics from the Golden Age of cinema to the latest Hollywood flicks including Consolata Boyle's costumes for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011).

Included in the collection are designs by Adrian for The Wizard of Oz (1939), Scarlett O'Hara's green "curtain" dress designed by Walter Plunkett for Gone with the Wind (1939) and the "little black dress" designed by Hubert De Givenchy for Holy Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

"This landmark exhibition will provide a once in a life-time opportunity to explore the most beloved characters in Hollywood history and gain insight on the role of the costume designer and their vital contribution to cinema storytelling," said Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Hollywood costume designer and senior guest curator.

The exhibition will reportedly explore the central role of costume design from the glamorous to the very subtle. The exhibition will also examine the changing social and technological context in which costume designers have worked over the last century.

Using montages, film clips and projections, the clothes will be placed in their original context, alongside interviews with key Hollywood costume designers, directors and actors talking about the role costume plays in creating a character.

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