A new exhibition looking at the costumes designed and made by the famous Angels Costumiers for the past 175 years is to open at the Old Truman Brewery in October it has been announced.

This display will feature 100 carefully selected pieces from the back catalogue including costumes made for the likes of Fred Astaire, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep to name a few.


Dressed By Angels  is an interactive exhibition that showcases the wide variety of BAFTA  and Oscar winning films as well as Tony and Olivier award winning theatre productions. It is the story of the company which has been run by over seven generations of the same family and has become the most famous costumier to the world.

This unique exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to see up close costumes from the likes of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,Star Wars, Downtown Abbey and the hit musical Wicked. 

Dressed by Angels (1500s)

There will also be interactive elements in Dressed by Angels, which will include digital games, interactive media displays and a workshop room where people can learn about the costume process -from design to the completed product.

This exhibition is being launched exclusively in London at the Old Truman Brewery, using costumes to take visitors on a journey from Victorian London right up until the present day.

Starting in the early Victorian era, the display shows how during this time London’s theatre and dance halls were beginning to flourish – all of which needed costumes and is where Daniel Angel (company founder) came in.

Angel came to London came to England as a tailor by trade and got his start by acquiring clothes from the estates of the deceased and hiring them out to Londoners and never looked back.

Dressed by Angels (Elizabethan)

Visitors will then travel through the dance hall days into the early part of the 20th century, which then passes onto rooms that highlight the Ealing comedy years, the 1960’s and the explosion of musical theatre in the 1980’s alongside iconic costumes from television and films.

The highlight of the exhibition will feature recognisable costumes from Titanic, Indiana Jones and Cate Blanchett’s Queen Elizabeth I. 

Dressed by Angels will finish with a section looking at fancy dress and how many of these costumes began life in film and theatre.

The exhibition opens to the public on the 2nd October and will be available to visit until 3rd January 2016. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £9 for children and are available to buy now. 


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