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Flamboyant costumes for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' mirror the real-life inspiration

Flamboyant costumes for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' mirror the real-life inspiration

The first time audiences see Meryl Streep portraying real-life New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, she’s dressed in a lavish, white satin winged-angel costume, suspended in the air during a performance one could graciously call awkward, though no one dared.

Costume designer Consolata Boyle earned her second Oscar nomination for making that surreal world come alive in director Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins,” a comedic take on the wealthy, music-loving New York socialite who ingloriously sang once at Carnegie Hall.

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