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Dressed by Angels - The Old Truman Brewery - more iconic pieces added

Dressed by Angels

Exhibition preview

MORE costumes carefully selected from Angels’ illustrious back catalogue are now on display at The Old Truman Brewery.

They include:

Gwyneth Paltrow’s sumptuous Shakespeare in Love gown (which joins existing costumes from the film belonging to Dame Judi Dench and Joseph Fiennes).

Dita von Teese’s showgirl dress from Melissa Plastic Dream’s magazine shoot.

Felicity Jones’ dress as featured in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

An Arctic Monkey ‘Elf’ costume as featured on the 2007 NME Christmas cover (which also featured in Santa Claus The Movie starring Dudley Moore).

Kasabian’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum album cover costumes.

Dawn French’s Queen Amidala costume as worn in a Star Wars themed Comic Relief sketch.

Polar Bear costume worn by Judi Dench in Mrs Henderson Presents.

And an Angels family-favourite – a staggeringly preserved dress from 1860 – a testament to British skill and craftsmanship.

Dressed by Angels Gallery

Previously Posted: Dressed by Angels, an exhibition featuring iconic costumes from the worlds of film, TV and theatre, will be on display at The Old Truman Brewery from October 2, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

This brand new interactive exhibition tells the story behind the world’s greatest costume house, presenting visitors with an irresistible mix of costumes, drama and history.

Angels Costumiers has been dressing the world for 175 years, including countless Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning films, and Olivier and Tony Award-winning theatre. Over seven generations of one family, Angels has become the premiere costumier to the world. This is their story – in costumes.

From Lawrence of Arabia to Titanic, Dickens to Lillie Langtry, and from Military to Royalty, all have been dressed by Angels. Visitors will get exclusive access to costumes from films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Star Wars, The Iron Lady and The Grand Budapest Hotel; TV shows Morecambe and Wise, Dr Who, Only Fools and Horses and Downton Abbey; and the blockbuster musical Wicked.

Over 100 costumes have been carefully selected from Angel’s illustrious back catalogue for display. Visitors will see bespoke costumes made for Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Tom Baker, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep, to name just a few. Alongside the costumes will be photographs and fascinating letters and artefacts, providing an insight into showbiz history.

Dressed by Angels will be launched exclusively in London, using costumes to take visitors on a journey through Victorian London up to the present day. The exhibition will feature many interactive elements to allow visitors a hands-on experience which will include digital games, measurement tapes and forms and how to use them, interactive media displays and a workshop room where people can learn the intricate craft of costume progress from design to finished product.

Beginning in the sooty, fog bound London of the early Victorian era, where Covent Garden’s Seven Dials was focus of a vast number of immigrants all plying their trade, visitors will be introduced to Charles Dickens and his most memorable characters. During this time, London’s theatre and dance halls started to flourish – all of them needing costumes… Enter Daniel Angel.

Founder of Angels, Daniel Angel had come to England as a tailor by trade. He got his start by acquiring clothes from the estates of the deceased and hiring them out to Londoners. The rest, as they say, is history!

Visitors will then travel through the dance hall days into the early 20th century and with it a diversification into military uniforms for the two World Wars; on into rooms highlighting the Ealing Comedy years, the Swinging Sixties and the musical blockbuster explosion of the 1980s alongside many iconic costumes from television from the 1979s to the present day.

The centre point of the exhibition will be instantly recognisable costumes from Titanic, Indiana Jones and Cate Blanchett’s Queen Elizabeth I to name just a few.

The exhibition finishes with a look into the world of fancy dress and how so many of these costumes have their beginnings in the elaborate original film and theatre originals.

A variety of workshops led by industry experts will be scheduled for evenings throughout the run and will go on sale in September (more details to be announced in due course). Topics will include: Special Effects Make Up; The Inside Story: Anecdotes from the Industry; Costume for Large Events and From Design to Reality.

Tickets: Adults £16; Children (to 16) £9; Concession (seniors, students, disabled passes) £13.50; Family (4): £45; Family (5) £54; Groups: (8+) £12.50; School groups £8 – available now on 020 3773 8995 or online at

Times: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am – 6pm; Thursday, 10am – 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am – 7pm; Sunday, 10am – 6pm. (Please note: Last entry 90 minutes before closing).

The Old Truman Brewery, Loading Bay, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR