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The Lord of the Rings: The Movie Exhibition (Sewing Expo Review)
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Posted on: 8/23/04 12:31 PM
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This exhibit is a real treat for sewers - this is the *only* North American stop on the tour and thus is your only chance to see up close and in person the fabulous costumes from the films!

Some of my favorites (not an exclusive list; there are many more):

Arwen's Chase Outfit Ė This is the outfit she wore in FOTR when the Nazgul chase her on horseback. Extremely interesting in person because only her shoulders are visible in the scene in which she wears it. It's in gray suede with a silver washed organza dress underneath. The jacket laces down the front and it has a stunning silver buckle in the shape of a butterfly at the waist.

Frodo's Fellowship coat and Hobbit cape - the example shown was worn by Elijah Wood's scale double, so it's "actual size" for a Hobbit. Seeing it was really poignant - it's so tiny that my almost-8-year-old daughter could wear it easily. The vulnerability of Hobbits really becomes apparent when you see it in person.

Frodoís Mithril Shirt Ė handmade from silver-plated steel mesh. This is the one worn by Elijah Wood, and itís really pretty.

Galdarialís white gown Ė this is the gown she wore in the scene in which Frodo looks into the pool of water. Itís white silk, heavily beaded, must weigh a ton and itís a thrill to see it in all itís glory!

Gandalfís Cloak (Gandalf the Grey) Ė a wonderfully tactile and rich costume in muted colors. You can see the inside of his wizard hat Ė I finally confirmed how it fit onto this head!

Sauronís Armor Ė from the prologue. Even more frightening in person! He wears a sort of chain mail sporran that you donít manage to see in the film.

Ö.and there are several more that I havenít mentioned. One caveat is that there are no costumes from the last film - I suspect this exhibit was done before that film was released.

If I have any complaint, itís that as far as costume is concerned, the focus is more on amour and weaponry than costume Ė I suppose this is because itís at a science museum, because Iíve heard the NZ exhibit was quite different.

I was a bit disappointed at the Nazgul costume - itís dimly lit and just hangs there. The originals were made of 50 meters/54 yards of fabric, and frankly this costume is better showcased in the films when the characters are in full movement.

The tickets are expensive - $20 for adults Ė but this is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit for sewist fans of the films, and overall I highly recommend seeing it!
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AnneM said...
At the Boston Science Museum? Any idea how long it is here for?
8/24/04 6:46 AM
PhyllisC said...
It's there throughh October 24, 2004 and then it goes to Sydney AUS. Anne - I'd go see it again, so let me know if you're interested.
8/24/04 8:58 AM
AnneM said...
Phyllis - send me a PM.
8/24/04 6:39 PM
GorgeousFabrics said...
By the way, for anyone who is a member of the Boston MOS, tickets are only $3. You need to make reservations. I'm hoping to see it this week or next. -Ann
8/25/04 10:15 AM
Lisa Laree said...
Oh, I'm so envious! That would be such a treat...
8/25/04 12:39 PM
PhyllisC said...
Boston PR Members: AnneM and I are gogin to see if we can get a group together, so if you're interested head on over to the Boston Thread in Regional Communities on the message boards.
8/26/04 8:41 AM
Bernie2 said...
I saw this exhibit the day it opened to the public and it was a real treat. I dwelt more on the costumes than the armour and fell in love with Galadrial's gown. Thanks for the review which serves as a wondeful reminder of this exhibit. I wish it were coming to more US cities but feel privileged that I was able to attend. BTW Sean Astin (Sam Gamgee) will be there toward the end of the exhibit in Oct. He's a very sweet and unassuming guy so hope you get to meet him.
9/9/04 12:26 PM

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