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Some Like it Hot

Costume
1959 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot (1959) regularly tops of the polls of the greatest film comedy of all time. It starred Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and at the height of her popularity, Marilyn Monroe, whose performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The film’s costume designer was Orry-Kelly, an important designer during The Golden Age of Hollywood, who won his third Oscar for his work.

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 Japanese 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stitching
Brief Description
Costume worn by Marilyn Monroe as the character Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk in Some Like it Hot, designed by Orry-Kelly, 1959
Physical Description
Black dress with buttons down the front and a fringed hem.
Dimensions
  • Width: 45.5cm
  • Height: 109cm (approximate)
Credit line
Given by the British Film Institute
Summary
Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot (1959) regularly tops of the polls of the greatest film comedy of all time. It starred Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and at the height of her popularity, Marilyn Monroe, whose performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The film’s costume designer was Orry-Kelly, an important designer during The Golden Age of Hollywood, who won his third Oscar for his work.



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 Japanese 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.

Collection
Accession Number
S.1647-2015

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record createdMay 29, 2015
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