Keira Knightley”s Anna Karenina gown, Marilyn Monroe dress and Dorothy slippers at V&A Hollywood Costume exhibition


Keira Knightley's Anna Karenina gown unveiled with iconic Marilyn Monroe dress and ruby slippers at V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibition

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11:31 GMT, 10 October 2012

The purple silk gown worn by Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina is set to go on show at London's V&A museum in its Hollywood Costume exhibition next week.

Keira, who attended a preview of the exhibition at the musuem last night, will see her dress go on show alongside the exquisite green silk gown that she wore for her role as Briony Tallis in the 2007 movie version of Ian McEwan's Atonement.

Elsewhere in the exhibition, visitors will be able to see the iconic white halterneck dress made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

Keira Knightley with the dress she wore in Anna Karenina, which goes on show in the V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibition today

Keira Knightley with the dress she wore in Anna Karenina, which goes on show in the V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibition today

The dress Keira wore in Anna Karenina will go on show alongside the green silk gown she wore in Atonement and Marilyn Monroe's white dress from Seven Year Itch

The
dress Keira wore in Anna Karenina will go on show alongside the green
silk gown she wore in Atonement and Marilyn Monroe's white dress from
Seven Year Itch

And Dorothy fans prepare to be dazzled:
The very slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz are set to go on
display in the UK for the very first time – and they are sure
to be one of the biggest attractions at the exhibition.

For the first time since filming, the original ruby slippers will be reunited with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress, which is also to go on show.

The contents of the exhibition are the result of a long process of negotiation with galleries, museums and studios across the globe, with some exhibits – namely those ruby shoes – proving a devil to track down.

Keira wearing the gown that is to be unveiled in the V&A's exhibition - one of many created especially for her role as Anna Karenina

Keira in one of the stunning gowns created especially for her role as Anna Karenina int he 2012 film

Five years ago, during her treasure hunt for the most well-known Hollywood costumes to include in the, Senior Guest Curator UCLA Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis set her sights on securing one of the original four pairs of ruby slippers known to exist.

After extensive negotiations with other private owners, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History generously agreed to the exclusive loan to the V&A one month before the exhibition opening. The V&A will display the shoes for a four week period.

The ruby slippers have passed from film memorabilia into a place as one of America's most cherished popular culture artefacts, and attract millions of visitors every year at the Smithsonian.

This pair of Ruby Slippers was purchased at auction in 1970, before being donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1979.

The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in the 1939 film - one of only four pairs remaining - are set to go on show at the V&A

The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in the 1939 film – one of only four pairs remaining – are set to go on show at the V&A

Marilyn Monroe posing in 1954 during filming of The Seven Year Itch. The dress is among dozens of instantly recognisable pieces set to draw huge crowds to the Hollywood Costume exhibition this autumn

Marilyn Monroe posing in 1954 during filming of The Seven Year Itch. The dress is among dozens of instantly recognisable pieces set to draw huge crowds to the Hollywood Costume exhibition this autumn