Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Dazzled by the 28th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum & Galleries...

When I'm not whizzing around L.A. capturing all the eye-catching billboards filling the city skyline, I also blog about all the cool costume exhibits that take place around La La Land. There are two amazing annual exhibitions that take place at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum & Galleries, in the autumn there's the television costume design exhibit and this time of year it's the spectacular Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition.

Rocketman movie costumes FIDM Museum
This 28th iteration of this entertainment industry event is open to the public for free from Tuesday through Saturdays, from 10am to 5pm from now until March 21, 2020.
28th Art Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
Yesterday I ventured downtown to check out the show on opening day and was greeted at the door by some Oscar-winning Black Panther movie costumes designed by Ruth E. Carter from last year.
Black Panther 28th Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
Around the corner and the display space explodes in a smorgasbord of sequins, feathers and fabrics from films such as the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Dumbo, Queen & Slim, Captain Marvel and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
28th Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition FIDM
The exhibition also plays host to all five 2020 Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design - Little Women (Jacqueline Durran), The Irishman (Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Arianne Phillips), Joker (Mark Bridges) and Jojo Rabbit (Mayes C. Rubeo).
Jojo Rabbit movie costumes FIDM Museum
Fans of film can find wardrobes from movies of all genres, superhero and sci-fi blockbusters, horror and family-friendly, period drama and comedy, biopic and murder mystery, wartime and historical dramas, book adaptations to musicals, all under one roof.
Captain Marvel movie costumes FIDM Museum
The best part for me is that all of these garment are presented out of display cases, so no reflective surfaces to vex people who want to capture photographic details (no flash photography is allowed) and take a closer look in person.
Captain America movie costumes FIDM Museum
Over the past twelves months I've seen many of these costumes on display at venues like ArcLight Cinemas and the El Capitan Theatre, but the sheer abundance of costumes presented here will keep film and fashion design fans entertained for at least an hour or more in my opinion.
Star Wars Rise of Skywalker costumes FIDM Museum
The other movies on display include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Avengers: Endgame, Us, Dolemite is My Name, Knives Out, The Laundromat, Aladdin, Booksmart, Shadow, Harriet, Hustlers, 1917, Downton Abbey, Late Night, Last Christmas, Ford v Ferrari and The Aeronauts.
2020 Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
There's even several display cases full of stop-motion animation puppets and their tiny costumes from Laika's Oscar-nominated animated feature, Missing Link.
Missing Link stopmotion animation puppets
Walking around the exhibition it was interesting to hear the conversations about people's favourite films and wardrobes, plus who they thought would take home the coveted Academy Awards this coming Sunday.
FIDM 28th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition
This winter awards season seems much shorter than last year, in 2019 the Oscars took place on February 24, whilst this season they are on February 9, 2020.
28th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition FIDM Museum
So it won't be long before we find out who takes home the coveted golden statue for Best Costume Design.
It's such a shame that the comic book and sci-fi movies are never recognised for their inventiveness and cool designs, and this year I believe Julian Day's Rocketman costumes really should have been included in the nominations.
Knives Out movie costumes FIDM Museum
If I had to predict the winner this year I'd say Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will take home the prize. If you don't agree, come take a look at the costumes yourself, or let me know your thoughts before the weekend.

This is such a great hidden gem of L.A.'s annual calendar, so make sure you take a trip downtown (and bring your friends and visitors from out of town) and enjoy thirty wardrobes from films from the big screen and streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon on display from the past year.

I'm sure this won't be my last visit to see this new treasure trove of movie costumes...

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