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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Glam Hollywood costumes on display at Florida International Museum



Are you a fan of fancy ball gowns and totally decadent clothes? Duh, of course you are.

This morning, I got an advanced tour one of the coolest exhibits to come around the Florida International Museum in a while. It's Cut! Costume and the Cinema, featuring 43 intricate period costumes from Cosprop, a London movie costumer. The glamorous pieces come from older films like Howard’s End and Sense and Sensibility, to more recent blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Sherlock Holmes.

It was crazy seeing the costumes, but the weirdest part was envisioning the celebrities' proportions. I'm here to tell you first hand that Kate Winslet, who is supposed to be "normal-sized," is TINY. I mean, seriously. My favorite display had side-by-side costumes worn by Nicole Kidman (tall), Renee Zellweger (MICROSCOPIC), and Scarlett Johansson (va-voomy).

The exhibit opens Saturday runs through May 16 at the Florida International Museum in St. Pete. Get more info here. Divas will love it. Here’s an early glimpse at a few of the costumes on display:

Anjelica Huston in Ever After

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Huston wore this green velvet and gold brocade masterpiece when she played the moody Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent alongside Drew Barrymore in 1998. The dress is opulent with gold piping and a luscious train, perfect for barking orders at your pretty stepdaughter.

Heath Ledger in Casanova


The late actor played ladies’ man Giacomo Casanova in this 2005 film, and his costume is every bit as romantic. The burgundy and burnt orange coat is embroidered with gold thread. It has a masculine air, despite the lace kerchief, ruffled sleeves and black tights. Only Casanova could pull that off.

Lara Flynn Boyle in Land of the Blind

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Boyle wore the exhibit’s showstopper in the 2006 political drama. The sweeping strapless ball gown is lipstick red, adorned with curling ruffle details and a shining jewel necklace. But the most jarring thing is the waist. This dress wouldn’t fit around Olive Oyl’s baby toe. It truly is a wonder.

Deal Diva Stephanie

Photos: Florida International Museum

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:25pm]


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