BIG SCREEN WARDROBE SECRETS AT PRESTON PARK

If you’ve gasped over gowns in The Crown or admired Poldark’s Aiden Turner in all his finery, it’s time to get up close and personal with some iconic screen outfits.
BIG SCREEN WARDROBE SECRETS AT PRESTON PARK

A new exhibition at Preston Park Museum near Yarm on Teesside opens this weekend (Dec 22nd) bringing costumes from large and small screen out of the closet for closer inspection.

Behind the Seams provides a glimpse into the world of costume design, exploring the story behind Angels Costumes, the world’s longest established and largest professional costume house.

Visitors will be able to view 35 costumes up close; some are originals worn by the stars and others are exact replicas of the original designs.

Among the highlights will surely be the be the stunning Coronation dress worn by Claire Foy in the TV series The Crown, as well as a costume worn by Aidan Turner in Poldark, Harrison Ford’s iconic Indiana Jones costume and Tom Baker’s Dr Who costume

Hollywood and TV blockbusters featured also include Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Bohemian Rhapsody, Downton Abbey, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Shakespeare in Love, Memoirs of a Geisha, Cleopatra and Titanic.

Angels has been providing costumes to the stage and screen for seven generations since 1840 and its name has been sewn into thousands of costumes worn by some of the most iconic stars of the cinema and TV. Dubbed the world’s greatest costume house, Angels have supplied costumes to 37 films that went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. In 2016, Angels received a BAFTA for its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

It’s a real coup for the popular Preston Park Museum says Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture.

“We’re extremely excited to be hosting such a fantastic and extensive exhibition showcasing some of the amazing costumes from The Crown, Downton Abbey and Poldark, along with many others from top TV shows and films.

“Visitors to Behind the Seams will have a unique chance to view these costumes and see some of the incredible detail up close.

“Given the popularity of these much-loved TV shows and films, we’re expecting a high level of interest in this exhibition. We’re hoping there will be a real buzz about Behind the Seams, and no doubt it will generate lots of conversation about the most memorable costumes of all time.”

Early booking is recommended for the exhibition. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions in addition to the normal admission prices for Preston Park Museum, but children under 16 go free.

A selection of VIP Tea & Tour days will also be taking place in January and February. Tickets cost £18 per person and include a guided tour of the exhibition as well as an opportunity to delve in to the museum’s vast collection of over 3,000 costumes, telling the story of fashion through the ages. Afterwards, guests can enjoy cream tea and a glass of fizz in the Winter Garden.


Advance tickets are available to book now at: prestonparkmuseum.co.uk/behindtheseams

Seaham Hall

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