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The Costumes of Poor Things Exhibition

Start Date 11 December 2023
End Date 26 January 2024
Venue Barbican Centre
Location London, UK
Curator Holly Waddington
Designer Holly Waddington
Mannequins of the costumes on display.
Display of Poor Things costume on mannequins.
Yellow dress on mannequin with black wig.
White handbag with a mannequin hand.
Servant uniforms on mannequins.

This December, Barbican Cinema and Searchlight Pictures are delighted to present a free exhibition of the original costumes from Poor Things, as worn by the stars Emma StoneMark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe. This is curated by the film’s costume designer Holly Waddington and will be on display on Barbican’s Level G Foyer, from 11 Dec to 19 Jan 2024.

To coincide with The Costumes of Poor Things, there will also be two exclusive preview screenings of Poor Things, the highly anticipated new film from Academy Award nominee Yorgos Lanthimos, on Thu 14 Dec, ahead of the film’s general release on 12 January 2024.

  • The Costumes of Poor Things – 11 Dec 2023  19 Jan 2024
  • Special Previews: Poor Things– Thu 14 Dec 2023

Exclusive Previews: Poor Things
Ireland/ UK & US, Dir Yorgos Lanthimos, 141 min
Thu 14 Dec, 7.40pm + 7.50pm
Cinema 2+3
Official drinks sponsor: Campari

Based on the acclaimed novel by Alasdair Gray and brought to the screen by the award-winning director of The Favourite and The Lobster, Poor Things is the tale of the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist, Dr.Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

Poor Things will be released in UK and Irish cinemas on 12 Jan 2024 by Searchlight Pictures

The Costumes of Poor Things
11 Dec 2023 – 19 Jan 2024
Barbican’s Level G Foyer

Holly Waddington, costume designer said, “I’m delighted that these costumes are going to be on display in this great iconic building. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Barbican – its thrilling architecture and all the wonderful things that go on here. I’m excited for visitors to the Barbican to be able to see these costumes up close.”

Gali Gold, Head of Barbican Cinema said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Searchlight Pictures to celebrate the cinema release of the magnificent Poor Things. We are always looking for new ways to engage our audiences in the transformative power of film and it’s a huge privilege to be able to showcase Holly Waddington’s extraordinary talent with these daring and irresistible costumes, which really bring the film to life. We’re also delighted to be able to offer our audiences exclusive previews of the film, which is already hailed as a masterpiece.”



Images courtesy of the Barbican Centre. Photo Craig Gibson.