Period costumes created for film adaptations of classic novels and elegantly worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep, Madonna, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Ralph Fiennes will be on display in 'Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen,' on view at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate through Jan. 7, 2007.
The 36 costumes in 'Fashion in Film' reflect a quest for authenticity in both cut and materials. Many were singled out for Academy Award and other nominations for costume design.
All the costumes were made for period productions set from the 16th to the middle of the 20th centuries. Some were based on historical figures, such as Elizabeth I, Thomas Jefferson and Eva Peron; some on characters from classic works of fiction, like 'Sense and Sensibility,' 'Hamlet,' 'Murder on the Orient Express' and 'Gosford Park'.