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Wonderful exhibition, disappointing book
on 11 January 2013
I really enjoyed the exhibition and was disappointed that there was no catalogue or many postcards of the costumes on show. I found this book disappointing, largely due to the editing. It is a collection of articles illustrated by costumes from the exhibition and my problem was the repetition, especially in the section on historical costume, we are told the same thing over and over again, using the same examples. Basically historical accuracy is less important than appealing to the contemporary audience and this is explored in at least three of the articles with examples from movies about Elizabeth 1 and Marie Antoinette.We are informed at least twice that the palette in Sofia Coppola's film was based on the colours of macaroons.
Another downside is the quality of some of the illustrations. One of the chapters is based around Hogarth's paintings and talks about details in the paintings, but the reproductions are too dark to make anything out.
Lastly some of the costumes are under represented, only one small film still of Darth Vader whose costume was a star of the show.