As you walk into the FIDM Museum's Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition, you are greeted with the words "Creating the Character." This year's exhibition is all about process: what inspires costume designers? How do they bring characters to life one episode at a time? What tools do they use to convey a program's comedy, romance, fantasy, drama, or historical period? With so many platforms to view television shows - Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix in addition to traditional network channels - what new challenges face today's costume designers?
This is the 10th anniversary of the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition, and we are honored to celebrate the talented designers that provide the visual context of our favorite characters. Open now until October 15, this year's exhibition features work from Lou Eyrich (American Horror Story, Scream Queens), Ruth Carter (Roots), Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones), and Paolo Nieddu (Empire), just to name a few! There are a total of 23 shows represented in the exhibition, ranging from historical drama to comedic musical.
Stay tuned for another post with more details about the second exhibition that opened August 2, ManMode: Dressing the Male Ego, featuring three hundred years of menswear from the FIDM Museum Permanent Collection.
Scroll down to see pictures from last weekend's Opening Night Party, where the Television Academy honored Emmy-nominated designers, and guests had their first look at the magnificent costumes on display!
Rachel Sage Kunin (FIDM Alumna and Costume Designer, Jane the Virgin)
Sue Bub, Television Academy Board of Governors, Lou Eyrich (Emmy-award-winning Costume Designer, American Horror Story: Hotel and Scream Queens) and Helen Huang (Emmy-award-nominated Assistant Costume Designer, American Horror Story: Hotel)
American Horror Story: Hotel, Costume Design by Lou Eyrich