Art Of Motion Picture Costume Design

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Gayle Anderson was live in Downtown Los Angeles to see the new exhibit "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design." According to this February 12th, 2012 article by Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic:

"…After two decades, the annual exhibition of costumes from Academy Award-nominated films has become a grand tradition in Los Angeles, where costume designers don't always get as much attention as their red carpet and fashion industry compatriots.This year's show promises to be the best yet, with more than 100 costumes from more than 20 films, including all five nominated in the Oscars costume design category. From this year's nominees, visitors will see Mark Bridges' costumes for the silent, black-and-white film "The Artist" in all their natural colors, including the glorious Art Deco-inspired gold-and-black dress, olive linen waxed raincoat and floral-lined parasol, fur-collared beaded evening coat and gold embroidered flapper dress worn by Peppy Miller Bérénice Bejo.Arianne Phillips' glamorous costumes from "W.E.," the Madonna-directed film about the stylish King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson-- later the Duke and Duchess of Windsor -- will also be on view, including a blue-and-white-striped day dress inspired by Balenciaga and a 1930s Vionnet-inspired beaded gown, both worn by Simpson (played by Andrea Riseborough. The sartorial flair of the duke will be represented by a navy white tie and tails by Dunhill, inspired by a Dunhill original worn by the real Edward.
Also in the mix is three-time Academy Award winner Sandy Powell's extraordinary work from "Hugo," which showcases the everyday glamour of ordinary people at a Paris train station in the 1920s. Her costumes for the orphan boy Hugo, the forgotten filmmaker Georges Méliès and the station inspector will all be included, their heightened colors and textures telling their own kind of story, as if seen through a child's eyes.
In keeping with the exhibition's custom of showcasing the previous year's Oscar winner for costume design, Colleen Atwood's costumes from "Alice In Wonderland" will also be included.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the exhibition, which has grown from fewer than 40 costumes to more than 100. It is assembled with the support of the Costume Designers Guild, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences film studios and even film stars who have contractual agreements to keep their wardrobes but loan them out for the exhibition.
"Art of Motion Picture Costume Design," Feb. 14 through April 28, at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries in downtown Los Angeles, is free to the public. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information, go to:

For more information:
Now through April 28th
Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries
919 South Grand Avenue
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015
800 . 443 . FIDM (3436)

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at

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