FIDM's 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

By Joe Kucharski - February, 7, 2017

This year marks the 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum! It is one of the most highly anticipated costume exhibits every year, and the only one of its kind that brings together the best film costume designs from the previous year in one central location. It is an astonishing display of over one hundred costumes representing twenty-three films, and four Academy Award Nominees for Costume Design.

FIDM's 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design

 

A wonderfully diverse exhibition, this year’s collection features a number of Fantasy and Sci-Fi films, which are among the most impressive because of their intricate textures, innovative materials, and overall scale. For you Colleen Atwood fans (and who in the costume community isn’t?!), you’ll have the rare opportunity to see costumes representing FOUR different films she designed from the previous year, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Each with wonderfully crafted details and feats of fabric manipulation you’re going to want to see up close!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Costume Design by Colleen Atwood 

(Academy Award Nominee for Costume Design)

The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Costume Design by Colleen Atwood

The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Costume Design by Colleen Atwood

Alice Through the Looking Glass, Costume Design by Colleen Atwood

Alice Through the Looking Glass, Costume Design by Colleen Atwood

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Costume Design by Colleen Atwood

 

Comic book aficionados will be happy to see Marvel and DC playing nicely with Doctor Strange, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad all on display. From massive sculpted super suits, to elaborately pleated flowing robes, the comic book genre continues to challenge costume designers to push the boundaries of old-world craftsmanship and cutting edge digital technology!

Doctor Strange, Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne

Doctor Strange, Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson

Suicide Squad, Costume Design by Kate Hawley 

Sticking squarely in the nerd arena, this exhibit has what you need to please every star fanatic, both trek and wars, with fantastic costumes displayed from Star Trek Beyond and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Trek Beyond, Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays

Star Trek Beyond, Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Costume Design by David Crossman and Glyn Dillon 

Always a joy to see up close, LAIKA stop motion animation is back with exquisite examples of the groundbreaking work of costume designer Deborah Cook for Kubo and the Two Strings. Cook’s work is epic costume drama on a miniature scale! And while her actors don’t talk back or show up late to fittings, the demands of stop motion animation require her and her team to integrate highly technical armatures and rigidity controls into every costume to achieve breathtaking visuals. Take a closer look, and you’ll understand why Cook’s work has made her the first costume designer to receive a Costume Designer’s Guild Award nomination for an animated film.

Kubo and the Two Strings, Costume Design by Deborah Cook

Kubo and the Two Strings, Costume Design by Deborah Cook

Kubo and the Two Strings, Costume Design by Deborah Cook

 

The costumes of period films always make a big splash on screen and in-person, and this year is no different. What is surprising is the overwhelming popularity of films set in the 20th Century. Very few films produced last year, and featured in this exhibit were set before 1900. Amongst them are the beautiful 18th Century gowns of Love & Friendship, and the wonderfully detailed, and beautifully aged Japanese garments of 17th Century set Silence.

Love & Friendship, Costume Design by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh 

Silence, Costume Design by Dante Ferretti

Taking us through the decades of the 20th Century with an eye for glamour are the gorgeous costumes from Allied, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Hail, Caesar! Rooted more in the every day, the costumes of Fences and Hidden Figures are truly wonderful to see in-person. These film costumes feature beautifully textured textiles, and wonderfully subtle ageing that give these costumes such realism and character.

Allied, Costume Design by Joanna Johnston (Academy Award Nominee for Costume Design)

Florence Foster Jenkins, Costume Design by Consolata Boyle (Academy Award Nominee for Costume Design)

Hail, Caesar! Costume Design by Mary Zophres

Hidden Figures, Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus 

Fences, Costume Design by Sharen Davis 

Rounding out the exhibit is a great selection of modern costumes. From the sublime fit and drape of Arianne Phillip’s costume design for Nocturnal Animals, to the quirky layered and textured costumes of Courtney Hoffman’s Captain Fantastic, the costumes in this category are packed with storytelling details. Not to be missed (sitting front and center of the exhibit’s entrance) are the vibrantly colored costumes designed by Mary Zophres for La La Land, representing both a beautifully designed film, and the exciting, rare Academy Award Nomination for Costume Design of a modern set film!

Nocturnal Animals, Costume Design by Arianne Phillips 

Captain Fantastic, Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman

La La Land, Costume Design by Mary Zophres (Academy Award Nominee for Costume Design)

Make sure to catch this incredible exhibit! The 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit at the FIDM Museum is open now through Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. The exhibit is free to view, and located at 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015. More information about FIDM Museum here!