Thursday, February 9, 2017

Enjoying the delights of the 25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit at L.A.'s FIDM Museum...

Regular visitors to Jason in Hollywood will know that Im a huge film fan and love seeing costume exhibits in person (almost as much as hunting down fun billboards in the skies of L.A.), especially when they are out of their reflective cases and you can see from almost any angle.

Oscar-nominated La La land movie costumes FIDM Museum
Usually I spy exhibits for movies one at a time when I'm fortunate enough to see them at my local ArcLight cinema, the El Capitan Theatre, on studio backlot tours, or at conventions, but the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Downtown L.A. makes all my dreams come true by offering a smorgasbord of costume designs from the past twelve months, including the Oscar contenders for Best Achievement in Costume Design.
Hidden Figures Batman v Superman movie costumes
Where else can you find DC Comics superhero costumes side-by-side with Hidden Figures movie costumes, or wardrobes from period dramas next to comedies, outlandish sci-fi outfits next to clothes worn in historical dramas or spy thrillers.
FIDM Museum movie costume exhibition
This year at the 25th Art of Motion Picture Design exhibition, which runs until April 22, 2017 from 10am to 5pm with free admission Tuesday to Saturday, you'll find amazing looks from films like Batman v Superman, Fences, Zoolander 2, Dr. Strange, Live by Night, Love & Friendship, Star Trek: Beyond, Silence, Suicide Squad, Hail, Caesar!, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Nocturnal Animals, Alice through the Looking Glass, Captain Fantastic, Rogue One and even dressed maquettes from the Oscar-nominated animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings.
Film costumes FIDM Museum LA
The exhibit also includes Academy Award nominee designs from La La Land, Florence Foster Jenkins, Allied and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (although they didn't seem to have any Oscar-nominated Jackie movie costumes, although I did see Natalie Portman's Jackie film costume on display at ArcLight Hollywood before Christmas).
Oscar nominated Allied movie costumes
Over the past year I've been lucky enough to see some of these costumes on display already around L.A., but there's nothing like having another look at them in all their glory, to see the details and workmanship that all the costume makers put into these fabulous garments (especially if you've watched the film itself).
25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
The costumes are always presented wonderfully and there's almost too much to take in in one visit, so I'm sure this won't be the last time I attend this exhibition before it is over.
25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
I'm not sure if I can say I had a favourite movie exhibit, but I have been wanting to see Marvel's Dr. Strange costumes up close, plus The Huntsman: Winter's War movie costumes and Florence Foster Jenkins costumes were also a must-see.
Rogue One movie costumes FIDM Museum
Only in recent years has the FIDM Museum allowed non-flash photography, so be sure to also check out these past movie and TV costume exhibits at the venue, and stay tuned for more detailed glimpses of all the costumes at my dedicated Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props Blog in the coming weeks.
25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
But don't take my word for it, if you live in L.A. or nearby, be sure to check it out yourself if you can...

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