It's our favorite time of year - the opening of two brand new exhibitions! We are thrilled to share with you the very special 25th anniversary of our Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, as well as Exotica: Fashion & Film Costume of the 1920s. Both exhibitions showcase phenomenal examples of design and creativity, and both provide a commentary on the mystical allure of Hollywood, onscreen and off.
Our Social Media team was at the Press Preview of the exhibition to interview costume designers featured in the exhibition about their design processes, research methods, and creative inspirations. Keep reading to hear what our designers had to say, and for a look inside our Opening Night party!
Gallery entrance celebrating our 25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition.
Calm before the storm...the glamorous setting for our Opening Night reception!
Academy Award nominee Mary Zophres in front of her costumes from La La Land.
Costume Designer Mary Zophres has two movies in the exhibition, La La Land and Hail Caesar!, both filmed in Los Angeles and centered on the entertainment industry. We asked about the role the City of Angels played in her design inspiration. Zophres pointed to "The architecture, the flowers and the fauna…we take for granted the kind of flowers that grow here, and the color that they are. The light which is very specific and very singular to LA. You can always tell if a film hasn’t been shot here!" Zophres mentioned that La La Land in particular "is sort of a combination of modern day Los Angeles and then a love for the past of Los Angeles. La La Land is truly a love letter to Los Angeles." Zophres' research for both films included hours and hours of studying classic Hollywood movies, a task she enjoyed immensely: "I watched almost every old MGM musical ever made...I was so excited about Hail Caesar! and La La Land – I grew up watching those kind of movies!"
FIDM Museum Director Barbara Bundy, Nocturnal Animals Costume Designer Arianne Phillips, and Fences Costume Designer Sharen Davis.