Themes & Current Exhibitions
Below is a selection of current and upcoming exhibitions to which we have contributed. Details may also be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more information on attending an exhibition, please contact the venue directly.
Dressing the Stars
16 February 2013 - 9 June 2013
Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
Plague, Poverty and Prayer: A Horrid History with Terry Deary
31 March 2013 - 31 March 2014
Barley Hall, York
24 April 2013 - 18 August 2013
Costumes from Austen
25 May 2013 - 26 August 2013
Belsay Hall, Northumberland
Dress to Impress - Fashion in Early Photography
22 June 2013 - 31 August 2013
Annan Museum, Dumfries and Galloway
Cut! Costume and the Cinema
23 October 2103 - 19 January 2014
McNay Art Museum
9 November 2013 - 17 February 2014
Should you be looking for inspiration for your exhibition, here are some themes from previous exhibitions which you may wish to explore:
Costumes from Downton Abbey
An incredibly popular show, renowned for its use of stunning period costume and compelling characters.
Heroes and Heroines
This exhibition showed the strength and enduring nature of some of our stars, including Heath Ledger in Casanova (2005) and Sean Connery in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), along with Keira Knightley in The Duchess (2008) and Dame Judi Dench in Cranford (2007).
We have examples of the Regency costumes from many of the most well-known of the film and television adaptations of Austen including Emma Thompson and Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995) and the BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice (1995) with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy.
Dress to Kill
A blend of some of the darker moments in film history, with costumes worn by Jacqueline Bisset in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Nastassja Kinski in Tess (1979) and impressive dresses including the Little Maharaja from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).
We have an array of wedding dresses, from Frances O'Connor's in Madame Bovary (2000) to Kate Winslet’s in Sense and Sensibility (1995); costumes which celebrate romance and love and take a glance at the changing fashions of marriage.
An opportunity to pack as many star names as possible into one exhibition, displayed chronologically to show the changing face of fashion through the years.
An exhibition which looks back to the elegant teens and focuses on the flamboyant, sublime and memorable hats and accessories of a fantastic period. Specially put together to compliment an exhibition which focused on the filming of Titanic (1997).
From fancy dress to masked balls, fantastic fantasy costumes including Uma Thurman as Cleopatra in The Golden Bowl (2000) and Drew Barrymore as Cinderella in Ever After (1998).
An exhibition which majored on film costumes, showing the creative skills employed at Cosprop.
Some of the best loved characters from recent film and TV productions including Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (2010-) and Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech (2010).