23 July 2017

Victoria & Abdul costumes to go on show at Osborne

The costumes from 'Victoria & Albert' will be displayed in Queen Victoria's Indian-inspired Durbar Room at Osborne for a limited time
Costumes worn by the cast of Victoria & Abdul in the Durbar Room at Osborne

Costumes from the upcoming film 'Victoria & Abdul' will go on show for the first time at Osborne, Victoria's holiday home on the Isle of Wight, from 24 July.

The film, to be released in UK cinemas on 15 September, was largely shot at Osborne. It tells the story of the unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim in the later years of her reign.

The costumes were designed by Oscar nominated costume designer Consolata Boyle who worked on The Queen (2006), The Iron Lady (2011) and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). Her designs pay meticulous attention to historical detail, right down to Victoria's 'V&A' monogrammed shoes. 

Costumes in the exhibition include formal and informal attire worn by Judi Dench such as the exquisite black silk gown with gold front piece Victoria wears while waiting for Abdul's return to Osborne.

The striking outfits worn by Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim include the faithfully recreated scarlet and gold livery with a peacock blue striped silk turban. This was designed for Victoria's servants who waited at her table. The exhibition will also feature costumes worn by Eddie Izzard as Prince Edward VII (Bertie).

Visitors to Osborne can see the costumes at Osborne until 30 September.

Close up of he dress worn by Judi Dench in Victoria & Abdul

Victoria's perfect paradise

Victoria frequently wrote about her time at Osborne, including an entry in 1847 where she said: 'we could never be thankful enough to have got this place'.

The costume exhibition will feature in Victoria's Indian-inspired Durbar Room, which features in the film. The Durbar room was added as an extension to the home in the early 1890s.

English Heritage Curator at Osborne, Michael Hunter, says:

'Osborne was Queen Victoria's private family home which means visitors can step straight into Queen Victoria's world when they get here.

'Victoria & Abdul is the first film to ever use the interiors of Osborne as a location and these costumes add an extra layer to the rich experience of a visit here.'

Costume Designer Consolata Boyle said:

'The thought that my costumes for Victoria & Abdul, through this exhibition, and our imaginations, will inhabit the same rooms and gardens where Queen Victoria walked and lingered, makes it a particular honour and joy for me.'

Costumes worn by the cast of Victoria & Abdul in the Durbar Room at Osborne

About the film

As a young clerk, Abdul Karim travels from India to England to participate in Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. He is surprised to find favour with Victoria herself and the two develop an unlikely and devoted alliance and loyalty to each other, envying the household and inner circle.

As a result of the friendship Victoria, who has been mourning the death of her husband Albert since his death in 1861, begins to reclaim her humanity.

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