I look forward to this time of year in Los Angeles because it means that the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) will have its annual Movie Costume exhibit.  This year marks the 27th event and is aptly named the 27th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design.  Just in case you’re wondering, no, I haven’t been to all twenty-seven.

Oscar Time for Costume Design!

The exhibit always begins with a costume from the Academy Award winning collection from the previous year.  I see no reason to change that pattern.  Here is a gown designed by Mark Bridges.

2018 Academy Award for Costume Design went to Mark Bridges for his work on the film, <em>Phantom Thread.

2018 Academy Award for Costume Design went to Mark Bridges for his work on the film, Phantom Thread.

Contrast the above elegant gown with Ruth E. Carter’s design for this year’s winning movie, Black Panther.

Costumes from Black Panther, designed by Ruth E. Carter

Costumes from Black Panther, designed by Ruth E. Carter

The above costumes were stunning on screen, and they’re even better in person!  The detail and beading are spectacular.  I’ll include on more image before moving on.

Queen Mother, Ramonda

Queen Mother, Ramonda

A woman standing next to me said that the cape or shrug (is there a name for this garment?) is created with a 3-D printer.  If one garment is damaged, another can be created.

My favorite, but I’m biased

I’m tempted to focus on the movies I’ve seen.  If you know me, that means Marvel and Star Wars.  I’ll try to be more diverse, but first, here’s a quick peek at the costumes from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Enfys Nest, Dryden Vos, Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian costumes by Glyn Dillon and David Crossman

Enfys Nest, Dryden Vos, Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian costumes by Glyn Dillon and David Crossman

The standout among these is, of course, Enfys Nest.  I took countless photos of her outfit.

Familiar Names in Costume Design

After going to FIDM for many years, one gets used to seeing the names of certain designers.  It’s rather like meeting an old friend.  Here’s one, Jenny Beavan.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Design by Jenny Beavan

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Design by Jenny Beavan

I love the work on Shiver on the far left and Hawthorne who is behind Clara on the right.  The Sugar Plum Fairy’s dress is magnificent.

Sandy Powell is another familiar name.  She designed the costumes for the Disney film, Mary Poppins Returns.  Her work received a costume design nomination from the Academy.

Sandy Powell designed the costumes for Mary Poppins Returns

Sandy Powell designed the costumes for Mary Poppins Returns

The most impressive thing in the image above is the watercolor effect. Imagine the effort to create that fabric!

A quick glance…

I could write all day about this exhibition, but the truth is, one should see it in person. I’ll add one or two more images just for fun.

Freddie Mercury costume from Bohemian Rhapsody. Design by Julian Day

Freddie Mercury costume from Bohemian Rhapsody. Design by Julian Day

There were several historical movies such as Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots.  Here is some detail from The Favourite, another period piece from the time of Queen Anne.

Queen Anne, Abigail, and Sarah from The Favourite. Design by Sandy Powell

Queen Anne, Abigail, and Sarah from The Favourite. Design by Sandy Powell

I like Abigail’s headpiece.  Here’s a closer look.

 

Abigail's Fontage from the movie, The Favourite. Design by Sandy Powell

Abigail’s Fontage from the movie, The Favourite. Design by Sandy Powell

Here’s a link if you need to know more about the word fontage.  I did.  Sandy Powell received her second nomination this year for her work on the costumes for The Favourite.

Tips

  • The costume exhibition is currently running through April 12, 2019
  • Admission is free.
  • There is a parking garage under the building. The charge is $5.00 but I’ve never paid on Saturday.
  • Be sure to check out the FIDM Scholarship Store.  It’s on the corner of Nineth and Grand.

 

It was difficult to decide which photos to include in the my story.  The costumes are all so marvelous!  To see more images from my visit to FIDM, including the other award nominees, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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