November 4, 2011
LONDON – The Victoria and Albert Museum in London’s Knightsbridge is holding an exhibition of the 100 greatest movie costumes. Curated by costume designer Deborah Landis, wife of director John Landis of the cult classicsTrading Places and Ghost Busters, the exhibition will feature such as outfits as Dorothy’s dress from the Wizard of Oz and Charlie Chaplin’s outfit from The Tramp. Along with these famous ensembles of the silver screen, a more contemporary ensemble will be featured: the trademark grey, ill-fitting suit of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character, that hopelessly naïve but always well-intentioned TV newsman from Kazakhstan. I caught up with Cohen’s costumer designer Jason Alper to find out how this iconic image came to be.