We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the UK Premiere Exhibition of the Oscar nominated Les Misérables.
Friday 29th March to Sunday 14th April 2013
At the Mary Rose Story, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Following the success of the Hollywood blockbuster Les Miserablés, The Mary Rose Story is thrilled to have the Oscar and Bafta nominated costumes from the film on display for the first time in the UK, courtesy of NBC Universal Archives & Collections, this Easter holiday.
The special exhibition will feature nineteen costumes and a selection of props on display. Included will be Hugh Jackman’s Valjean convict costume that he wore in his Portsmouth scenes, various costumes worn by Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Natalya Angel Wallace and Samantha Barks as Eponine, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier and various other colourful clothing and items iconic to the film.
It required a large crew to create the approximately 2,200 costumes for the masses of extras, and the team perfected designs across France, Spain, Italy and England. Unfortunately for the costumers, it was imperative that their work be destroyed. To ensure that the outfits looked as if they belonged on beggars and starving poor, costume designer Paco Delgado and his team literally ripped, shredded and cut (even blowtorched) their way through the outfits. Still, the close observer will note that the design team wove in the colours of the French flag throughout the epic. Whether it be the red of Enjolras’ jacket at the barricade, the blue of Fantine’s dress at the factory, or the white of Cosette’s wedding dress and Valjean’s garments as he lay dying, every decision was intentional.
What is more, is that scenes from Les Misérables was filmed in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with HMS Victory and Portsmouth Naval Base both being used as locations in the film, giving the ideal backdrop for the film’s opening sequence.
The costumes will go on display in the Mary Rose Story building from Friday 29th March until Sunday 14th April 2013. Entry can be gained with a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or its attractions or can be purchased separately priced at Adult: £5, Senior: £4, Child: £2.50, Family: £12.50.
A featurette on the costume design can be seen here: http://youtu.be/jd5ffc48RJU
For further details of events at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard please visit: www.historicdockyard.co.uk/events