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Chaplin

  • Object:

    Costume

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mollo, John, born 1931 (designers)
    Mirojnick, Ellen, born 1949 (designers)
    Russell and Haslam (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, decorated with gold braid, stiffened with plastic boning, with metal fastenings, and decorative details in plastic, glass and feathers.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Film Institute

  • Museum number:

    S.1679:1 to 6-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume for a 'Yankee Doodle Dancer,' worn by Moira Kelly as Hetty Kelly, and used in the film Chaplin, 1992.

Richard Attenborough’s biopic was partly based on Charlie Chaplin’s own autobiography. The film follows Chaplin’s life, from his impoverished upbringing in London to becoming the world’s first international film star. Robert Downey Jnr. won a BAFTA for his performance as ‘the little tramp’. Costume designers John Mollo and Ellen Mirojnick shared credit for the film. Moira Kelly portrayed two characters in the film, music hall performer Hetty Kelly and Oona O’Neill Chaplin, Chaplin’s fourth wife.

The British Film Institute (BFI) acquired its costume collection for display at the Museum of the Moving Image, which existed on the South Bank in London between 1988 and 1999. The collection is made up of British, European, American and Chinese films and covers the period from the silent film era to the mid-1990s. It contains a wealth of historic and significant film costumes worn by major performers and designed by some of the 20th century’s most important film costume designers. The collection was transferred to the V&A in 2015.

Physical description

Costume for a 'Yankee Doodle Girl' consisting of corset, knickers, tights, garter, headpiece and necklace, from the film Chaplin, 1992

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1992 (made)

Artist/maker

Mollo, John, born 1931 (designers)
Mirojnick, Ellen, born 1949 (designers)
Russell and Haslam (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, decorated with gold braid, stiffened with plastic boning, with metal fastenings, and decorative details in plastic, glass and feathers.

Dimensions

Width: 25 cm Headpiece, width, Length: 35 cm Headpiece, length, Width: 4 cm Necklace, width, Length: 52 cm Necklace, length, Width: 4 cm Garter, width, Length: 19 cm Garter, length, Width: 50 cm Shorts, width, Length: 36 cm Shorts, length, waist to crotch, Width: 17 cm Tights, hip width, Length: 80 cm Tights, waist to foot, laid flat, Width: 39 cm Corset, armpit to armpit, width, Length: 70 cm Corset, shoulder strap to hem, laid flat

Descriptive line

Costume for a 'Yankee Doodle Dancer,' worn by Moira Kelly as Hetty Kelly in the film Chaplin,1992

Materials

Silk; Braid; Cotton; Boning; Metal; Paste; Feathers

Techniques

Weaving; Applied work; Machine stitching; Hand stitching

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Film and Cinema; Costumes

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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