Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood

The Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood collection is on display for the first time at the Museum of Brisbane at City Hall, exclusive to Brisbane. Image provided by Museum of Brisbane

The immaculately preserved collection of spectacular Hollywood costumes belong to Brisbane local Nicholas Inglis, who has been collecting memorabilia belonging to iconic stars, studios, and designers for close to twenty years.

With a particular passion for garments, props, and ephemera from the 1920s to 1960s, this exhibition offers a rare peek into glitzy and glamorous Golden Age of Hollywood.

The exhibition incorporates a number of elements such as film, sketch and the costumes themselves.

Guests are offered interactive features, such as informational touch screens and collectible cut-out paper dolls and dresses in addition to an auditory service.

The final room of the exhibition features a number of flashy ensembles worn by ‘triple threat’ Hollywood starlets who could sing, dance, and act.

Once more, the costumes have been accompanied by a large screen displaying an entertaining and engaging reel of the musical numbers.

In other rooms of the exhibition, cultivated transatlantic accents float across the space, accompanied by lush orchestral arrangements,pleasantly mingling and mixing with one another. Image provided by Museum of Brisbane

Stunning period costumes also have a home in the collection, including an eye-catching ball gown from the 1938 Marie Antoinette.

Highlights include costumes belonging to a number of Hollywood heavyweights such as Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and more.

The elements and design of the exhibition is transporting, giving guests the sense that they have travelled back to the romantic Golden Age of Hollywood.

Words by Hannah Abell

Details: Gallery 2 and The Clem Jones Gallery, Museum of Brisbane at Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street Brisbane | 07 3339 0800 | 22 November to 24 May | 10:00am to 5:00pm | Free admission

Images provided by Museum of Brisbane