Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Hooray for Hollywood! (and other stories!)


A week or so ago, there was much excitement as Dear Daughter and I went to the Victoria & Albert museum in London, to see a special exhibition of film costumes. Of course, being great fans of the 'Wizard of Oz' (she , I have to say, is bordering on the 'obsessional'! ;-p) we were thrilled to see Dorothy's (Judy Garland's) dress and Marilyn Monroe's famous white couture!



But the prime reason for our trip was to have the rare privilege of seeing the RUBY SLIPPERS themselves!


They were on special loan from the Smithsonian and were only here in London for part of the exhibition's run. Incidentally, it was a grand reunion for 'Dorothy's' dress and the shoes - they'd not been in the same building together since the film was originally made!

The whole exhibition was amazing - the costumes were on mannequins, but instead of a head, there was a small screen with a film of the character/actor's face, which was almost imperceptibly moving; just the odd blink, or the start of a smile, or even the eyes focusing on different people! Amazing! (and a little disturbing, in the case of Morticia Addams / Angelica Huston!)

But it was comforting to see Superman / Christopher Reeve, winging his way above us! 



We also got to see Vivien Leigh's 'green curtain' dress, as Scarlet O'Hara, in 'Gone with the Wind'. Sadly, this seems to have not survived so well - the vivid green we recall from the film is now rather faded...!


We weren't allowed to use cameras, so these pictures are from the V&A website - see more here

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Last Sunday afternoon, DD and I took a walk along the canal tow-path near our respective homes. I was hoping to get some pictures of the Autumn colours in the trees, but a lot of the leaves are falling now and with the canal being elevated, the trees along the banks succumb to the winds soonest!



Still, we did manage to see some narrow boats, making their way along the Oxford canal. There is something comforting about the gentle chug-chug-chugging of the engines as they sedately make their way along. (Inland Waterways regulate speed at around 4mph, to avoid the 'wash' damaging the banks).



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And finally - the Dog-sweaters are done and will be posted off tomorrow!


(see here )

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So - in the best Hollywood tradition - for now, th-th-th-that's all folks!!

18 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with a lil obsession :p

    The dog sweaters look great! Well done!! X

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    1. At least you are 'passionate' about a decent film!!!! ;-)

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  2. Sounds like the perfect day to catch a glimpse of Mole and Ratty and Toad on a houseboat!

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    1. In the 20+ years we've lived here I've never managed to spot them (or their cohorts!), Joanne! ;-)
      Thanks for stopping by here & at the 'Knitting Assassin' & leaving comments - much appreciated!

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  3. Love walking along canals - very soothing

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  4. Glen - indeed they are! Mind you, I miss having a canine companion to share the walks with - we used to go for daily walks to the boatyard.

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  5. Looks like a grand time surrounded by so much Hollywood costume-ry :-)

    Those dog sweaters look wonderful. Will be darling on the recipients.

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    1. Thanks, Angela - yes, the exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime event! Glad to say we had the opportunity to view all these iconic things! (and thanks for your comment re. the dog-apparel!)

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  6. It sounds like a most pleasant time. I liked the pictures of Dorothy's dress and ruby slippers. There truly is no place like home.

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  7. I think if DD had been able to jemmy open the glass case she would have had those ruby slippers on!!! ;-) While there IS no place like home, this was a truly wonderful day out!
    Thanks fir commenting !

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  8. Sounds like you had a pleasant and relaxing week to experience.

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    1. Indeed, it was! And such a thrill to see THE ruby slippers! :-)

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  9. Hi Sue .. sounds a lovely day out and special that you were able to see the slippers. The costumes look amazing - I must get back to the V&A for a good look round ...

    The walk along the towpath .. just a lovely thought ... our leaves for now are hanging around - there's quite an orange glow ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary - the V&A has some interesting exhibitions on now - would have liked to have done more but there is a limit to how much you can see in a day!

      It's been quite a while since I had a good long walk along the tow-path - used to walk miles with the dog when we still had him!

      Thanks for your comment! ;-)

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  10. That looks like a brilliant exhibition! Wish I could see that! What a wonderful day with your daughter.

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  11. Wizard of Oz is among my all time favorite films. Just watched Gone With The Wind last night--hadn't seen it in several years and decided it was time to watch it again.

    Since I used to be in the costume business I think I might enjoy the exhibit you visited.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Lee - it was, indeed, a wonderful exhibition; probably moreso when you consider a lot of these artefacts are usually only seen in the US!
      Am really glad to say I've actually seen the ruby slippers in real life! :-)

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  12. I so enjoyed this post, Sue. You are most fortunate to live in one of the more beautiful areas of the world. Oh, that red river boat...talk about Wind in the Willows. :)

    And the ruby red slippers. I mean, really, what more could you want?

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