Thursday, February 8, 2018

Another cornucopia of movie costumes at FIDM Museum's 26th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition...

On Tuesday I ventured to Downtown L.A. to visit the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum's 26th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition and once again I was not disappointed.

Thor: Ragnarok and Girls Trip movie costumes on display
26th FIDM movie costume exhibit
When you enter you're greeted by last year's Oscar-winning costumes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them designed by Colleen Atwood.

Oscar-winning Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them movie costumes
Fantastic Beasts film costumes
In addition you can also see the Costume Designer's actual Academy Award on display (she now has won four, so she has trophies to spare).

A golden Oscar statue within reach
The fantastic exhibit is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm, from now until April 7, 2018, and not only can you see a diverse range of wardrobes from films of all genres, but you can also see examples of all five Costume Design Oscar nominees on display - Jacqueline Durran for Beauty & the Beast and Darkest Hour, Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread, Consolata Boyle for Victoria & Abdul and Luis Sequeira for The Shape of Water.

Out-of-this-world Sci-fi movie costumes to delight
26th FIDM movie costume exhibit
For sci-fi and superhero fans there is a cool collection of Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, Transformers: The Last Knight and Kingsman: The Golden Circle costumes to drool over.

Futuristic and period costumes side-by-side
26th FIDM motion picture costume exhibit
For costumers, fashion students and period movie fans there are wardrobes from films like The Beguiled, Dunkirk, Tulip Fever, Murder on the Orient Express and The Greatest Showman.

Superhero and circus costumes on display
26th FIDM motion picture costume exhibit
The exhibition also plays host to costumes from blockbusters like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Netflix streaming offerings like Okja, fan-favourite indie coming-of-age films like Lady Bird, and sporty biopics like Battle of the Sexes and I, Tonya.

Oscar-nominated costume designs exhibited
26th FIDM film costume exhibit
There's even outfits from breakout comedies like Girls Trip and sequels like Pitch Perfect 3, horror hits like the IT Movie and book adaptations like Wonderstruck. So as you can see, there's something for everyone.

Fun costumes from sporty biopics to see
26th FIDM film costume design exhibit
Not only is this exhibit free to visit, but best of all you can see these costumes up close and out of reflective display cases, and take in every seam, button, sequin and detail that goes into making these amazing looks that come alive on the big screen.

FIDM Museum entrance
26th FIDM film costume design exhibit
The only issue I has this year was the lighting of the show, which made photography hard (although I am learning to use a new camera so that could be part of the problem). I'd seen several of the costumes on display trough the past twelve months, but never in such abundance.

My favourite had to be Cate Blanchett's 'Hela' costume and elaborate headpiece from Thor: Ragnarok, it's a real showstopper and faithful to her comic book origins.

Photos don't do all these costumes justice so go see for yourself if you can, I'll certainly be going back to see them all again soon...

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