I know I’ve written A LOT about costume design recently but twitter has just announced to me that a number of (Oscar-nominated) costumes from Anna Karenina (2012) are going to be on display at Ham House and Gardens. This is a National Trust house in Richmond and was used for filming some scenes in Anna Karenina. I didn’t love the costumes in the film as much as I was hoping, particularly as I love Jacqueline Durran’s work, but I think more of my film-related issues were to do with the film itself.
Back in 2009, Chiswick House put the (Oscar-winning) costumes for The Duchess (2008) on display. The National Trust has a wonderful appreciation of the costumes and displaying them in the most appropriate way. Displaying costumes associated with the Oscars obviously brings press and more public visitors to the houses. Why not? You can still appreciate the houses and help to fund their furthering survival even if your first reason was to see ‘pretty dresses’. At The Duchess exhibition you were forbidden from taking photographs so I imagine that the same will be true of the Anna Karenina exhibition but we shall have to wait and see – I’m planning my visit already! (I do, however, remember being fairly disappointed at the condition of a number of the costumes – wear and tear through filming.) Until then, here are some photos of the exhibition from Vogue:
The exhibition opens tomorrow (26th January) until 4th April. I tried looking up prices, but it confused me. Adult tickets are around £10 I think. Not too shabby really.
Also, Jacqueline Durran will be on Radio 4’s ‘The Film Programme’ next Thursday (31st January) at 4pm. Might be worth a listen.