Tucked inside the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in L.A.'s Fashion District is a small museum where the 20th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibit is currently on display. I just got back from a six day trip to L.A. and swung by the museum to check out the annual exhibit while I was there.
Spread across one room, there are costumes from over 20 of the most acclaimed 2011 film releases, including all five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Among the 100 costumes are ones from Anonymous, The Artist, Hugo, Jane Eyre, W.E., Alice in Wonderland, The Help, and Water for Elephants and, more interestingly still, each of the costumes are fitted on mannequins whose bodies are exact replicas of the actor/actress who wore each of them (you can see just how tall — or not — Reese Witherspoon and Daniel Craig really are!).
I'm not much of a movie buff and have to admit that I haven't seen most of the films whose costumes are on display, but seeing the intricacy of each of these looks up close (it's hard to resist touching…), is a truly unique opportunity and gave me a new appreciation for all the work that goes into the research, developement, and creation of film costumes.
Located on the campus of FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, visitors’ hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exhibition closes Saturday, April 28, 2012 and is free.
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