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FREE: See Hollywood 2010 Academy Award nominated costumes at the FIDM Museum

Posted By Karen Young On February 19, 2010 @ 12:55 am In Activities,Family,Featured,Features,My Daily Find,Profiles,spotlight | 1 Comment

carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

The “Hollywood 2010: The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition at downtown’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is a reason to get in to your car and go — and of course, the perfect way to get into the Oscar spirit. This is the 18th year of this FREE exhibit and it showcases approximately 100 costumes from more than 20 of 2009’s most popular films.

Nine: costumes by Colleen Atwood, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. These costumes can be seen in the 18th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles.  Penélope Cruz an Academy Award nominee for: Actress in a Supporting Role  (L to R):  Costumes:  Penélope Cruz as Carla, Showgirl, Kate Hudson as Stephanie, Showgirl, Nicole Kidman as Claudia and Marion Cotillard as Luisa Contini. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

Nine: costumes by Colleen Atwood, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

This year’s highlights include outstanding selections from four of the five 2010 Oscar nominated films for Best Costume Design including Bright Star, Nine, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Young Victoria.  Other popular movies, including Sherlock Holmes, Where The Wild Things Are, Julie and Julia, and Star Trek have their costumes on display as well. The exhibit always displays the last year’s Academy Award ® winning film for Outstanding Costume Design so there are pieces from 2009’s winner, The Duchess as well.

Designers themselves have attended the exhibit, including Monique Prudhomme (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) who was at the opening.  Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria) and Colleen Atwood (Nine)  have also visited the exhibition.

The Young Victoria: costumes by Sandy Powell, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design.  Ms. Powell is also nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Association (BAFTA) for Costume Design.  (L to R):  Costumes:  Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria, Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria, Miranda Richardson as Duchess of Kent, Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria, Miranda Richardson as Duchess of Kent, Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria and Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

The Young Victoria: costumes by Sandy Powell, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. Ms. Powell is also nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Association (BAFTA) for Costume Design. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

Being able to look at the details up-close on these garments is a thrill.  Admiring the costumes on the movie screen is one thing, but being able to almost touch them is something else. The exquisite workmanship and attention to detail is amazing. The mannequins that are used for the costumes are realistically proportioned to the actors that wore these outfits. I’ve gone to this exhibit for the last four years and am still surprised at how small the actors are.

The richly colored, cornflower blue coronation gown worn by Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in the movie, The Young Victoria is here, along with three other gowns, jewelry and the crown worn in the film. In the literature I picked up at the exhibit, Academy Award® winning costume designer Sandy Powell said she had access into Kensington Palace and was able to look at the Queen’s actual garments while designing for this film. She goes on to say she was amazed at how tiny Queen Victoria’s clothing really was.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: costumes by Monique Prudhomme, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume   (L to R):  Costumes:  Lily Cole as Valentina, Heath Ledger as Tony, Christopher Plummer as Doctor Parnassus, Tom Waits as Mr. Nick, Verne Troyer as Percy, Lily Cole as Valentina and Andrew Garfield as Anton.  Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: costumes by Monique Prudhomme, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

I loved seeing the clothing and shoes from the film Julie and Julia because there had to be some movie magic involved with making the average sized Meryl Streep appear as tall as the real Julia Child. In the exhibit’s literature, Academy Award® winning costume designer Ann Roth explained that she made very high platform shoes as an experiment for Meryl Streep—never thinking Ms. Streep would be able to walk or act in them. Ms. Roth went on to say that the shoes ended up working out very well, as did the costumes, which were fitted to give the illusion of height for Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child.

The costumes from Where The Wild Things Are are outstanding. When I watched the film, I thought the “Wild Things” were puppets, not actors inside of costumes. To see these massive, fur-lined costumes complete with realistic eyes, runny noses and long sharp toe nails is a perfect example of how fashion design combines with engineering and imagination.

Bright Star: costumes by Janet Patterson, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. Ms. Patterson is also nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Association (BAFTA) for Costume Design. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

Bright Star: costumes by Janet Patterson, 2010 Academy Award Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design. Ms. Patterson is also nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Association (BAFTA) for Costume Design. Photo Credit: John Sciulli © Berliner Studios

While at FIDM, it’s worth a trip to stop in at The Museum Shop. This store is adjacent to the exhibition hall and is stocked with home décor items, limited addition art, coffee table books, stationary and jewelry. Outside the doors of the school is the FIDM Scholarship Store. This place is a hidden gem that carries a variety of trendy clothing, buttons, fabric trim and accessories at rock bottom prices.

“Hollywood 2010: The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising 919 S. Grand Avenue  Los Angeles, CA 90015 www.FIDMmuseum.org. Through April 17, 2010 Hours: closed Sunday and Monday. Open Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm Parking for a fee at lots in area or at meters on street.

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who took the school bus with Michael and Janet Jackson and worked at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in its heyday. She likes to spend her free time finding bargains at Crossroads Trading Company, eating Chinese chicken salad at Stanley’s and admiring the view from Fryman Canyon. Check out her new blog: www.anythinggoodlately.blogspot.com – reading, watching and eating.

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