Inside Netflix and Brooklyn Museum’s Royal Virtual Costume Exhibit

Inside Netflix and Brooklyn Museum's Royal Virtual Costume Exhibit

Netflix has not been able to use personal experiences to promote original content this year, but the streaming service has found a creative way to bring viewers virtually to 20th century America and Britain for two popular series .

To bring out The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown, Netflix partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to host a virtual costume design exhibition for the new limited series The Queen’s Gambit and the upcoming fourth season of The Crown.

The exhibition greets the guests with a representation of the facade of the Brooklyn Museum, which is flanked by advertising banners for both series.Netflix and Brooklyn Museum

The free exhibition, which can be viewed on until December 13, features costumes designed by Gabriele Binder for The Queen’s Gambit, a fictional story about child prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) who made in the 1950s and plays in Kentucky in the 1960s. and crown designer Amy Roberts, who created outfits in the 1980s similar to those of Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) when the fourth season of the period drama takes place.

The self-guided experience takes place in a representation of the Beaux-Arts Court on the third floor of the Brooklyn Museum and also includes thematically relevant objects and works of art from the museum’s own collections.

The exhibition also includes thematic items from the museum’s collections, including Koh-I-noor (2005) by Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, made with plastic toys and trinkets.Netflix and Brooklyn Museum

Netflix has recruited Matthew Yokobosky, senior curator of fashion and material culture at the Brooklyn Museum, to curate the exhibition. Yokobosky’s previous fashion shows include the fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk (2013), David Bowie (2018) and Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion (2019).

Yokobosky said his goal for Netflix is ​​to create an experience for fans interested in the series’ narrative, which focuses on strong women and characters who vie for power and stature.

“The Queen’s Gambit and the Crown both have royal themes: one is the game of chess with its queens, kings and various pieces, the other is the actual British royal family, whose members fight like a game of chess for public and private positions. Yokobosky said in a statement. “In addition, both series have strong female characters who are successful under difficult circumstances: Beth Harmon is learning to play chess in a small town in Kentucky to become an international master, and Princess Diana is starting to become an international glamor icon as a young theater student humanitarian aid. “

The costumes on display include a bright green outfit that Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II wears on Season 4 of The Crown.Netflix and Brooklyn Museum

The effort involved in designing the fashion for both series was of course an important inspiration for the exhibition.

“The two series feature thoughtful and beautifully executed costume designs that help visualize the central narrative as well as individual character development,” added Yokobosky. “The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown are non-stop fashion parades.”

Clockwise: Matthew Yokobosky, Amy Roberts, Ruth E. Carter, and Gabriele Binder.Netflix and Brooklyn Museum

The virtual exhibit also features a panel discussion hosted by Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter (who took home the 2019 Oscar for Black Panther). During the recorded sessions, Yokobosky, Binder and Roberts offer insights into their design processes and cloakroom creations.

The Queen’s Gambit is now available to stream on Netflix, while Season 4 of The Crown releases on November 15th.