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Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood

Start Date 18 August 2015
End Date 17 January 2016
Venue Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Location Melbourne, Australia

Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia, 18 Aug 2015-17 Jan 2016

Growing up in sleepy Kiama on the NSW coast, Orry-Kelly was a 21-year-old budding actor when he bravely set sail for the United States. Sharing digs in New York with another aspiring actor, Cary Grant, he eked out a living painting murals for speakeasies before trying his hand at set and costume design on Broadway. Moving to Hollywood in the 1930s, Orry worked tirelessly to become chief costume designer at Warner Bros. where he established a career-defining collaboration with Bette Davis.

Orry received Academy recognition late in life, winning Oscars® for An American In Paris (1951), Les Girls (1957) and Some Like It Hot (1959). Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood contains all three of Orry’s Oscars®, presented alongside rarely-seen costumes,  sketches, paintings, production photos, publicity materials and more.