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Events Brooklyn Museum Showcases A Virtual Exhibition Of Costumes From 'The Queen’s Gambit' & 'The Crown'

Brooklyn Museum Showcases A Virtual Exhibition Of Costumes From 'The Queen’s Gambit' & 'The Crown'

Brooklyn Museum Showcases A Virtual Exhibition Of Costumes From 'The Queen’s Gambit' & 'The Crown'
The Queen and The Crown: A Virtual Exhibition of Costumes from The Queens Gambit and The Crown (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)
By Chananya De Ruiter
November 17, 2020
Get behind-the-scenes insight of the wardrobe featured in the two cult Netflix shows

Costumes from Netflix’s original limited series The Queen’s Gambit and the fourth season of The Crown are now on display for virtual exhibiting at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Available in an interactive, 360-degree view, objects are all rendered within the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court.

Gabrielle Binder designed all the costumes for The Queen’s Gambit. Black and white patterns with crisp structural lines dominated in the fictional 1960s series, also alluding to the components of chess itself. As a coming-of-age story as well, the main character, Beth Harmon, notably grows in her chess skills and fashion sense as the series progresses. Some of the most iconic outfits from the show include Harmon’s first dress, "The Beth Dress", the "Endgame Dress" from her critical chess match in Russia and "The White Queen" worn at the final scene. 

The Crown holds looks inspired by famous British women including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Diana and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. All the costumes on the show were designed by Emmy-winning costume designer Amy Roberts. As The Crown reflects the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, viewers will see Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress and her Braemar Games suit.

Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum
Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

As you tour the online exhibition, learn about the historical context of the costumes, the episodes they were worn in and the inspiration behind each outfit. The exhibition also includes interview clips, sketches and objects, making it absolutely worthwhile. Amongst the relevant objects, for example, find an ancient Egyptian board game senet (circa 1938–1799 BCE), American photographer Arthur Tress’s Boys on Checkered Floor, Far Rockaway, NY (1973) and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II made from hundreds of plastic toys and trinkets.

The exhibition is on until December 13, 2020. You can virtually tour The Queen and The Crown exhibition now at

Related: The Queen’s Gambit And A Rise In Online Chess Playing


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