Thursday, January 31, 2008

Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at FIDM

I was able to experience movie magic up close the other day. Movie magic is created by many elements and at the FIDM Museum & Galleries, you get to experience one of the most important elements of this magic: costume design from all five films nominated for Oscar Best Costume and more...

Costumes are key in placing the audience in a different place, in the moment of the movie. Without them, it would be hard to visualize any actor or actress in the past, present, future, or an entirely created world. In its sixteenth year, the "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" exhibition offers the public a free viewing of Oscar Best Costume nominees Across the Universe, Atonement, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and La Vie en Rose. In addition to these movies, last year's Oscar win for Best Costume - Marie Antoinette - is on display along side an array of films such as Hairspray, The Golden Compass, Beowulf, 300, Harry Potter, and Nancy Drew.

The beauty of the event - aside from the costume design itself, of course - is the ability to see the intricate details of the work of costume designers and to appreciate first-hand the workmanship that goes into creating costumes for films. The selection of costumes from 2007 films (over 125 costumes from 25 films) provide a wide-array of different costumes and will likely compel any visitor to take pause in the deep level of artistry and thinking that must go into creating the perfect costume for each character within a particular storyline.

The event at FIDM Museum & Galleries runs from January 28th-April 12th, 2008. For more information, visit

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator

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