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a grand reunion for 'Dorothy's' dress and the shoes - they'd not been in the same building together since the film was originally made!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
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).
And finally - the Dog-sweaters are done and will be posted off tomorrow!
(see here )
So - in the best Hollywood tradition - for now, th-th-th-that's all folks!!