What would a film be without costume design?
This question greets FIDM Museum visitors as they enter the gallery for our 26th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. As the stunning array of costumes on display prove, a movie would be nothing without these talented visual story-tellers! On Saturday, February 3, the Costume Design community came together to salute the work of 2017 film designers represented in the gallery, including all five Academy Award-nominees for Best Costume Design:
Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water
Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul
Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour
Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
In addition to the 100 costumes on display from 25 films, the exhibition now boasts an exciting new digital feature: we asked our featured Costume Designers to share sketches, mood boards, reference images, fabric swatches, fitting photos, and other supporting materials to demonstrate the process of building a costume from sketch to set. These materials are available to view on an interactive tablet in the exhibition. Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on specific films - Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Phantom Thread, Jumanji, and Dunkirk - will also enlighten our visitors as they explore the gallery.
Art of Motion Picture Costume Design is open now until April 7. Our hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm, and as always, admission is free. We encourage you to take non-flash, personal use photos; feel free to share on social media, tagging @fidmmuseum and using the hashtag #ArtofCostumeDesign!
Stay tuned for another post delving into our newest History Gallery exhibition, Acquiring Beauty: FIDM Museum Fashion Council, Est. 2011, also now open! Scoll through to catch a glimpse of our elegant opening night festivities. All photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages.