UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Masterful creations from three of the five films nominated for "Best Costume Design" at the 85 th Academy Awards® are on display at " The NBCUniversal Experience" at Universal Studios Hollywood in a showcase of enchanting and dramatic costumes from Universal Pictures' Les Miserables and Snow White and The Huntsman, as well as gowns from the category winner, Focus Features' Anna Karenina .
The opulent opera gown worn by Anna Karenina leading lady Keira Knightley in her portrayal of the titular character is on display, as designed by this year's Oscar®-winning costumer Jacqueline Durran, who received two previous Oscar nominations for her work with the actress on Focus Features' Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. The unforgettable tattered dress worn by Anne Hathaway in her Oscar-winning portrayal of "Fantine" in Les Miserables is featured alongside the rebel uniform donned by "Marius" ( Eddie Redmayne) and the white gown worn by "Cosette" ( Amanda Seyfried). Other spectacular additions to the new showcase include the coronation dress worn by Kristen Stewart as "Snow White" in Snow White and The Huntsman and the scepter carried by Charlize Theron in her role as the movie's evil queen.
"The NBCUniversal Experience" also features original drawings from Universal Pictures' classics Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, and Dracula, as well as original matte paintings from Universal's hits The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and Earthquake.
"The NBCUniversal Experience" draws from a library of over 6,000 titles dating back to the Studio's early beginnings in 1912, and features never-before-seen props and priceless Hollywood artifacts from 100 years of filmmaking, such as the 1973 Best Picture Oscar statuette for Universal Pictures' The Sting.For guests in pursuit of an even more in-depth look at the costumes and props used to create Hollywood magic, try the " VIP Experience." This is a deluxe offering providing visitors a seat aboard a private trolley with exclusive guided access to the theme park, working production studio and acclaimed movie set backlot. The "VIP Experience" is a privileged view into the inner-workings of the movie studio, and became even more popular with the growing demand for a luxury opportunity when visiting the park. This experience includes an expert tour guide and access to the world-famous Edith Head Property Warehouse and Costume Department. The Costume Department features a diverse collection of costumes and accessories, including those worn by the stars of such hits as "Identity Thief," "Oblivion" and "Bridesmaids." The Costume Department also features a never-before-seen look at master costume designers at work on the latest fashions for current productions. Additionally, "VIP Experience" guests are escorted through the theme park to the Front of the Line at all shows and attractions, and enjoy an elaborate gourmet lunch prepared by Universal Studios Hollywood's award-winning executive chef, served in a private dining room. The ultimate Hollywood " VIP Experience" can be booked in advance by calling 818.622.8477 or visiting www.universalstudioshollywood.com. Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, " Transformers™: The Ride-3D," the intense, award-winning ride, " King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, " The Simpsons RideTM," " Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride" indoor roller coaster and " Jurassic Park® —The Ride."