Thursday 18 April 2019

Museum offers the chance of a peek at Daniel Day-Lewis's underpants

Co-curators Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh (right) and Veerle Dehaene with the underpants worn by Daniel Day-Lewis
Co-curators Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh (right) and Veerle Dehaene with the underpants worn by Daniel Day-Lewis

Underpants worn by Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Farrell's dodgy jumpers are some of the many oddities going on display at a Dublin museum.

The famed leopard-print underwear come from Day-Lewis's In the Name of the Father role and feature in the new exhibition at the Little Museum on St Stephen's Green.

Curated by costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh and costume historian Veerle Dehaene, it features outfits worn by famous actors from Meryl Streep to Pat Shortt.

Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, who designed outfits for Cillian Murphy in The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, said she always wanted to create the exhibit.

She became concerned when she heard that several movie executives were throwing out costumes after production ended, and sought to recover as many Irish outfits as she could.

"I was keeping my own archive of outfits and I knew people that had other stuff, so we pulled it all together," Eimer said.

One of the most prized items on display is a vintage 1930s dress worn by Meryl Streep in the 1998 Irish flick Dancing at Lughnasa.

"Little by little we were just finding things like the dress, which is just a beautiful sequin number," Eimer said.

"We kept asking around and Pat Shortt told me he still had the jumper and the cap from his role in Garage, so he just gave us that."

"And, of course, I also still had Daniel Day-Lewis's underpants from In The Name of The Father."

Also on display are colourful picture continuity books, which are used by the costume designers to ensure that the actor is always dressed the same in each scene.

Behind-the-scenes photos of Julia Roberts from the film Michael Collins show the actress in her prime, without makeup.

"We had the stills of her before makeup and they show her sitting looking very natural in her potential costume from the film," Eimer says.

"She was great to work with, she even had two parties for the crew while she was in Dublin."

Ireland at the Movies: Costume in Irish Cinema 1987-2015 opens in the Little Museum of Dublin runs until mid-October.

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