Now in its 23rd year, the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition opened on February 10th, and can be visited until April 25th by those visiting Los Angeles on escorted tours of the USA. Showcasing a variety of beautifully made costumes from a number of best-selling films, the exhibition caters for a variety of interests, ranging from fashion to film. One of the greatest aspects of this collection is that no costumes are hidden behind glass panels, meaning an up close and personal experience is available for all visitors who have previously seen them on screen.
Each year The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum puts on a spectacular show of the previous year’s most excellent costumes, and this year is certainly no different. Favourites from the 2014 collection of more than 100 outfits include Felicity Jones’ 60s garb from The Theory of Everything, and Michael Keaton’s Birdman suit.
Breathtaking detail can be viewed in real life
Upon entering, visitors will see Angelina Jolie’s striking Maleficent gown worn by a mannequin, alongside the other Disney characters’ less menacing outfits, as created by Anna B. Sheppard. Nearby there are also costumes by all of last year’s five Oscar costume nominees, such as Inherent Vice designed by Mark Bridges and Mr Turner by Jacqueline Durran. Those attending can also view costumes from films such as the Academy Award-winning The Great Gatsby, as well as Jersey Boys and Big Eyes.
Songs from the soundtracks of films are also played during the exhibition, to accompany the costumes in which they share the limelight with. For example, James Brown’s ‘Please, Please, Please’ can be heard alongside Chadwick Boseman’s gold cap from Get on Up.
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