Killing Eve costumes to be put on display at Bafta exhibit

Killing Eve assassin Villanelle famously wears pink Molly Goddard dress in show's second episode

Sabrina Barr@fabsab5
Thursday 05 September 2019 12:24
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A selection of costumes worn by Jodie Comer in BBC America's hit thriller Killing Eve is to go on display at a special Bafta exhibition.

On Tuesday 17 September, Bafta will open its doors to the public for the first time with a new exhibition titled Bafta: Behind the Screens.

The free exhibition – which will be opened at the new Bafta Piccadilly site by Bafta's president, the Duke of Cambridge – will showcase annotated scripts, audio-visual displays and costumes from several former Bafta winners and nominees.

Having won three Bafta awards at this year's ceremony and having been nominated for a further two, Killing Eve will likely prove one of the biggest draws for the exhibition.

Visitors will have the opportunity to look at four memorable outfits chosen by costume designer Phoebe de Gaye for Comer to wear on the show – a pink Molly Goddard dress, a checkered suit created by Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten, a blue Burberry dress and a casual ensemble which featured Weekday jeans, a Zara jacket and a Whistles top.

Jodie Comer wears Molly Goddard dress in still from Killing Eve series one

In the second episode of the show's first season – which aired in the UK in September 2018 – silently-lethal assassin Villanelle, played by Comer, wears a pink, tulle Molly Goddard dress from the British fashion designer's spring 2017 collection.

Five months later, Goddard put on a show-stopping display of similarly vibrant pouffe gowns at London Fashion Week, showcasing designs in fuchsia, mint green and black on the runway at Durbar Court at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

With Goddard scheduled to be making an appearance at September's London Fashion Week, fashion fans will likely be clamouring to be among the first to feast their eyes on the creative's latest designs.

The threatening antagonist wears a checkered suit designed by Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten

Another memorable outfit worn by Comer in the first season of Killing Eve was a checkered suit designed by Dries van Noten.

"I felt really cool in it, really comfortable", the actor said of the outfit.

"I was even going to buy it at the end of the series, but then I backed out because it felt too much like [Villanelle]."

In addition to the Killing Eve costumes, visitors at the Bafta: Behind the Screens will also be able to explore hair and make-up designs from Oscar-winning period drama The Favourite, the shooting script for David Lean's 1955 romance film Summertime and what it took for Chiwetel Ejiofor to prepare for his Bafta-winning lead role in the 2014 Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave.

"Behind every Bafta-nominated film, game or television programme are immense creativity and incredible technical skills, delivered by literally hundreds of people who are passionate about their craft," said Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of Bafta.

"Our ever-changing exhibition will shine a light on these nominees and their personal journeys, inspiring visitors to Bafta Piccadilly as well as the next generation of talent that Bafta nurtures, develops and supports year-round."

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The free Bafta exhibition will be regularly updated over the next two years.

In April, it was announced that Killing Eve had been renewed for a third series.

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