Industry Gala Opens 6th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition

Pretty Little Liars: Costumes by Costume Designer & FIDM Grad, Mandi Line.

Join us in celebrating the work of television costume designers at the 6th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition. Featuring costumes from a variety of television genres, the exhibition spotlights the role of costume design in creating believable onscreen characters.

See costumes from favorite television shows, including Pretty Little Liars, Downton Abbey, Once Upon a Time, Sons of Anarchy, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Great Expectations, The Fresh Beat Band, Pan Am, Magic City, and more. The exhibition features over 75 costumes from 16 shows, six of which have been honored with an Emmy nomination for best costume design in a series or miniseries, movie, or special.

The range of costumes in the exhibition is spectacular. The glorious 1920’s fashions of Boardwalk Empire, the Medieval garb of Game of Thrones, the hourglass Marilyn Monroe-inspired sequined gowns of Smash, and the Rubber Man Suit in American Horror Story, are all a testament to the creativity and style, skill and talent, the research and the imagination of the countless designers who further the visual art of storytelling.

Here’s a look at some highlights from the opening night gala.


L to R: Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and President of Warner Bros. Television Group, Betsey Potter, Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Board of Governors—Peer Group—Costume Design & Supervision, with Emmy Award® nominated Costume Designers, John Dunn and Lisa Padovani for Boardwalk Empire, Mary Rose, President, Costume Designers Guild and guest curator of the exhibition and Emmy Award® nominated Costume Designers, Eduardo Castro for Once Upon a Time, Ruth Myers for Hemingway & Gellhorn and Chrisi Karvonides for American Horror Story.


L to R: From Pretty Little Liars: Writer, Brian Holdman, featured Costume Designer, Mandi Line, FIDM Alum, Costume Supervisor, Lorraine Mahru Tooney, and Actor, Ian Harding.


L to R: Barbara Bundy, Director, FIDM Museum and featured Emmy Award® nominated Costume Designers for Boardwalk Empire John Dunn, and Lisa Padovani, Co-Costume Designer.


Featured Costume Designer, Jill Ohanneson for Revenge, FIDM Alum.

Costume designer Mary Rose, current president of the Costume Designers Guild organized the exhibition.

The Primetime Emmys awards show airs Sept. 23.

The free exhibition runs until October 20, 2012.

Exhibition photos by Alex J. Berliner/ABImages.


FIDM Museum Shop

The eclectic, extravagant, quirky and classic costumes on display in the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition has inspired a similar assortment of merchandise in the FIDM Museum Shop. Jewelry, accessories, books, home décor, toys, and gifts reflect the themes and time periods of the television productions showcased in the galleries.

Downton Abbey

Bring the manor stateside with our FIDM Museum Shop’s special Abbey Blend tea and ephemera. Collaborating with Chado Tea, we created our twist on the English Earl Grey with strawberry, vanilla and bergamot. Top it off with one of our Scone Mixes from Iveta Bakery using the regional fruits from Hollister and Modesto in California’s Central Valley.

Pan Am

Join the Beatles and JFK and get your own Pan Am 60’s Innovator bag. Who can forget the photo of the Beatles carrying this iconic bag? Jump on board with our other flight accessories!

Magic City

Miami Beach, 1959—The fashions were perfection, the Mojitos were divine, but there was much more to the story. Check out our books, I Was Cuba and Mafia: The Glamour of Crime and then muddle your mint leaves in the perfect Mojito glass.

Boardwalk Empire

Atlantic City at the dawn of prohibition, where anything could (and often did) happen. Picture it in Atlantic City Then and Now and get the look head to toe with our vintage inspired shave kits, flasks, and boar bristle shoe shine brushes. Gentlemen, don’t forget the ladies with modesty soaps and 1920’s jewelry.

Visit the FIDM Museum Shop for a fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, amazing treasures, and exclusive gifts.


STYLE WEEK Orange County

Saturday, Sept. 8: Fashion Finale & FIDM Fundraiser at Fashion Island—A runway show featuring cocktail and special occasion apparel from top stores including Neiman Marcus, Rebecca Taylor, Vince, and others will begin at 7pm. This event will benefit FIDM Museum & Galleries’ acquisition fund. The evening will also include Cadillac Couture, with FIDM graduate designers competing for the most innovative eveningwear look that incorporates Cadillac car parts.

2012 Exhibitions

  • RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground
  • November 8–December 22, 2012

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