Launch of New Exhibition at Hunt Museum Limerick – Best Costume goes to!

Launch of New Exhibition at Hunt Museum Limerick – Best Costume goes to!


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On Friday 7th February 2020, The Hunt Museum is launching an exciting new exhibition showcasing costumes from Irish films and major television productions filmed in Ireland or abroad but with Irish talent involved.  Neil Jordan will be the guest speaker at the launch of ‘Best Costume Goes To…’ at The Hunt Museum, Limerick on Friday 7 February at 6pm. 


The Best Costume Goes To... will explore the relationship between actors, costumes and the growth of the Irish film industry and how costume co-creates the character.  It is being run in conjunction with The Irish Costume Archive Project from 7th Feb - 14th April 2020. A number of events and lectures with the likes of Joan Bergin will take place during the course of the exhibition which will be of interest to fashion designers right across the country.


Costumes from 19 films and tv series will be on display, represented by 33 costumes, of which some have been Oscar nominated. This exhibition gives the opportunity to view costumes from films and TV such as The Favourite, The Quiet Man, Braveheart, Vikings, and more. Visitors will experience the narrative of costumes, understanding not just the history but the social history of a time, be that contemporary or in the past; how people lived, not only how they dressed.  The exhibition will be backed up by sketches, film stills and film clips and additional ephemera.


The Hunt Museum is already home to a permanent exhibition showcasing the design career of Sybil Connolly as well as several artefacts from Limerick’s Viking past – so the links to costumes and the Vikings series is very apt.


The exhibition is being curated by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh and Veerle Dehaene, Irish Costume Archive Project and Naomi O’Nolan, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, The Hunt Museum.


Please let us know if you would like any further information.