By Cassie Coughlin and Jaritza Mendoza |Staff Writer|
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) hosted the 24th annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design,” which opened to the public on Feb. 9 and featured over 100 costumes from 23 motion pictures.
In attendance were costumes from all five Academy Award Nominees for Costume Design: “Carol,” “Cinderella,” “The Danish Girl,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “The Revenant.”
FIDM curators make it a point to have award nominated costumes featured in the exhibit.
“We don’t just study the costumes but we also study movies,” said Nick Verreos, fashion designer and FIDM representative.
The collection of costumes featured in “Cinderella,” was the first thing viewers saw when they walked into the museum.
The gown worn by Lily James in “Cinderella,” which appeared puffy and glistening with small rhinestones placed all around it, was just as lavish in person as it was on film.
The only difference we noticed with the Cinderella gown was that on screen the color of the dress looked vibrant blue, while in person it appeared a light shade of baby blue.
Another nominee featured was Paco Delgado’s design for “The Danish Girl.”
These costumes where unique to see in person, because they were female gowns designed for a male’s body.
“One of my main worries was to try to see if we would be able to create a real woman from Eddie [Redmayne],” said Delgado. “We were very lucky because Eddie was really open to start working with us before we started doing the movie.”
“To really see the detail in the costumes, see how things are distressed, see the shortcuts, maybe something isn’t embroidered, it’s just painted, I mean that’s amazing,” said Christina Johnson, Associate Curator for the FIDM Museum and Galleries.
The exhibit had a section dedicated to displaying the characters’ costumes of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
When we think of film costumes we often think of extravagant designs, such as Cinderella’s gown, but some can be fairly simple like the Oakland Raider jacket, jeans, and white t-shirt worn in the film, “Straight Outta Compton.”
“The fact is some of the best costume designers do the finest work when you can’t even tell that it’s a costume,” said Verreos.
The curators have a certain criteria to ensure the exhibit is pleasing to many.
“Not only do we want best costume design, the academy award nominees, we also want a selection,” said Johnson. “We want something for everyone.”
For example, on display were Salvador Perez Jr.’s “Pitch Perfect 2” costumes, the popular A cappella teen movie.
The signature navy blue and yellow color ran throughout the Barden Bellas wardrobe, from Beca’s (Anna Kendrick’s) blue and gold bedazzled black and white saddle shoes to Chloe’s (Brittany Snow’s) hoop “Bellas” earrings.
The rival team Das Sound Machine’s costumes consisted of black mesh and leather with military style shoes giving a sharp and dominant feel to the characters.
The fantasy horror “Crimson Peak,” displayed the deep red Victorian style gown with an endless train worn by Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston’s long navy blue trench coat.
“We always also try to have a FIDM alumn represented in the exhibition, so here [‘The Longest Ride’] and ‘Jem and the Holograms,'” Johnson said.
The film, which focuses on a small town girl turned superstar, was by far one of the most visually fun displays.
Up close one can see the details invisible on the big screen; numerous colorful paint plasters, hundreds of jewels, and safety pins that bring Jem’s denim jacket to life.
What makes the exhibit so incredible is the opportunity to see, in person, costumes worn by our favorite actors and actresses on screen.
The exhibit is open until April 30, with the exception of Sundays and Mondays.