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The Victoria & Albert Museum and Harry Winston play host to a dinner to celebrate the opening of the museum's major autumn exhibition 'Hollywood Costume', on Monday 15 October.
THE EVENT: The Victoria & Albert Museum Hollywood Costume dinner, sponsored by jewellers Harry Winston.
THE VENUE: The V&A.
ON THE GUEST LIST: Actors Helena Bonham Carter; Michelle Rodriguez; Andy Serkis; Simon Pegg; Bill Bailey; directors Tim Burton and John Landon; fashion designer Alice Temperley; the exhibition’s senior curator Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis; Frédéric de Narp, CEO and president of Harry Winston; chairman of the V&A Sir Paul Ruddock; and 400 sponsors, suppliers, clients and their guests.
THE FOOD: Dinner was served in the museum’s church-like Raphael Gallery. The guests started with avocado terrine with crab quenelle, vegetable pearls, sundried tomatoes and spiced Asian pear. The main course consisted of ‘Steak Rossini’ with girolles mushrooms, parsley root puree, wilted baby spinach and truffle jus, rounding off with a bitter chocolate and cashew nut délice with Maraschino cherries and milk ice cream.
TO DRINK: Guests followed the red carpet through the Grand Entrance on Cromwell Road and beyond to the Dome, where they were offered Piper Heidseck Champagne and Stoclichnaya cocktails. Dinner was washed down with 2010 Oriel Dylan Chardonnay and 2009 Cuvaison Pinot Noir.
SUPPLIERS: Food and decor were provided by Mustard Catering and the flowers by Shane Connolly. Cars were supplied by Aston Martin – all that was missing was Bond himself.
WE LOVED: Getting a private sneak preview of the 130 costumes before the exhibition opened to the public, particularly Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz, Darth Vader’s larger-than-you’d-think armour, Marilyn Monroe’s iconic £3m dress from The Seven Year Itch and Indiana Jones’ whip. The John Madejski Garden looked particularly pretty scattered with tealights.
THE TALKING POINT: The movie-inspired vignettes, featuring models dripping with Harry Winston diamonds, that were played out around the venue while guests were en route to the exhibition.
IN THE GIFT BAG: a copy of ‘The Hollywood Issue’ of V&A magazine, a Harry Winston catalogue, a REN radiance kit, an Escada travel candle and a Rock of Ages DVD.
Hollywood Costume at The V&A runs from Saturday 20 October until January 27, 2013.