A new exhibition on costume design in Irish films is now on display at the Little Museum of Dublin. The exhibition, called Ireland at the Movies: Costume in Irish Cinema 1987 – 2015, is open in the Ireland Funds Gallery in the museum.
Celebrating almost 30 years of Irish costume design, the exhibit is curated by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomnaigh (Calvary, Becoming Jane, A Dangerous Fortune) and costume historian Veerle Dehaene. The exhibition explores costume design in Irish cinema from the iconic My Left Foot to more contemporary productions such as Calvary, featuring work by Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell and Joan Bergin amongst others.
Visitors can get up close with Brendan Gleeson’s cassock from Calvary; leaf through the behind-the-scenes photographs of Julia Roberts in Michael Collins; witness clothing from My Left Foot to Breakfast on Pluto, Jimmy’s Hall and much more in between.
The costumes on exhibit were painstakingly sourced from the private collections of costume designers and actors who preserved them as personal mementos or as culturally significant items. The exhibition explores the costume design methods and sources used including vintage shops, costume makers, tailors, family heirlooms and more.
The exhibition opened on August 14th and runs until September 28th. For more information, see the Little Museum of Dublin website here. The museum is located at 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.