Oscar-Nominated Costumes on Display

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An elaborate, elegant, and enchanting exhibition has visitors from far and near flocking to see over 100 actual costumes from the year’s outstanding films, including costumes from Oscar-nominated and winning designs. “The Art of Motion Picture Costume Designs” is celebrating its 19th anniversary as the only place in the world to see Hollywood’s collection of costumes from the outstanding films of the year.

Enter the extravagant FIDM Museum of Galleries, located inside the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles for a wonderland of colorful costumes. Viewers of all ages are reliving their favorite scenes as they examine the intricate detail which can only be seen up close and personal. This year, the exhibit includes Oscar-nominated and winning designs, including costumes from Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland), Mary Zophres (True Grit), Jenny Beavan (The King’s Speech), and Sandy Powell (The Tempest) who was also last year’s Oscar-winner (The Young Victoria).

“There’s going to be a costume designer fight,” states FIDM spokesperson, Nick Verreous, who is also a designer and graduate of FIDM. Colleen Atwood is a two-time Academy Award winning costume designer who states, “every movie has its challenges” but says that she’s always known that Johnny Depp was going to play the Mad Hatter so she didn’t really have anything to change and adds that it was fun to make his costume. In contrast, costume designer Mary Zophres says the 1870s time period of “True Grit” challenged and exhilarated her. She continues to state that she her research was tedious and more meticulous than one any other film on which she’s worked. She found that fabrics are not made today as they were during that era but offers that she “loved every minute” of working on the film.

There is a wide range of film costumes for movie goers, students, and historians to enjoy. Artists and art majors especially can benefit from viewing this exhibit. Unlike many museums exhibits which charge admission, the price is right: it’s free! It’s an outing the whole family can enjoy free of charge, notwithstanding the parking fee starting at $3.00. FIDM is located at 919 S. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, the exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and runs now through April 30th.

Tune in to SCV-Arts & Entertainment on SCVTV Channel 20 for an extended version of this magical movie wonderland of whimsical wardrobe and fabulous film fashions in “The Art of Motion Picture Costume Designs.”

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