Preview: Dressed By Angels opens at London’s Truman Brewery

The latest exhibition to open at London’s Truman Brewery, Dressed by Angels, has a little something for everyone, with visitors invited to see bespoke costumes made for Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Tom Baker, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and many more.

The interactive exhibition tells the story behind the world’s greatest costume house, Angels, who have been in business for 175 years, presenting visitors with an irresistible mix of costumes, drama and history many of which have won numerous awards including BAFTA’s and Oscars.

Alongside each piece is an insight into its origins and the designers involved, providing the story behind each piece. The exhibition is full of fascinating letters and artefacts before ending in the history of fancy dress and how so many of the costumes we see today have their beginnings in the elaborate originals.

The costumes on display ranged across music, theatre, film and TV and have been worn by some of the biggest stars in the world from Fred Astaire, Harrison Ford and Laurence Olivier to Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep in their most iconic roles.

Film of course plays a central role in the exhibition and film fans won’t be disappointed as some of the biggest films of all time are represented with costumes from Indiana Jones, James Bond, Star Wars, Titanic and Gladiator alongside classics from all of Hollywood’s era.

TV fans are in for a treat as costume range from Dr Who and Morecambe and Wise through to Game of Thrones and the famous Batman and Robbin from Only Fools and Horses.

Dressed by Angels is currently open at Truman Brewery until 3 Janury 2016, book now at

Words: Robert Fosterman