News & Events | August 2013
A perfect summer evening in downtown Los Angeles was the ideal setting for the gala opening of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the FIDM Museum & Galleries 7th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition.
For the seventh year, the guest curator and organizer of this exhibition is noted Costume Designer Mary Rose, the President of the Costume Designers Guild, and an executive board officer of the CDG since 1994. Ms. Rose is also the Governor of the Costume Design and Supervision Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Industry notables were out in force to see the costumes and support the work of Costume Designers, Costume Supervisors, and Assistant Costume Designers.
According to Ms. Rose, finalizing the costume selection was challenging. There were many shows with intricate stories in a variety of settings; each with complex characters that required perceptive costuming that communicated the essential truths of the characters.
“Costumes are vital to the telling of the incredible stories on television today,” said Mary Rose. “The rich variety of programming has created wonderful opportunities and challenges for costume designers. The costumes in this exhibition are wonderful examples of the quality of work being done in television. They are all award-worthy.”
Over 120 original costumes from 15 popular television films, series, and mini-series are featured in the exhibition. The variety is staggering. From the richly embroidered, meticulously hand-crafted medieval cloaks and gowns of Game of Thrones by Costume Designer Michele Clapton, to the class-defined clothing and uniforms of Downton Abbey by Costume Designer Caroline McCall, to the sleek, modern power wardrobe of House of Cards by Costume Designer Tom Broecker, to the idiosyncratic twenty-somethings of Girls by Costume Designer Jennifer Rogien, to the joyous flamboyance of Behind the Candelabra by Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick, to the whimsical and quirky outfits of Parks and Recreation by Costume Designer Kirston Mann, this exhibition captures the creative diversity of television entertainment today.
Mary Rose explains. “This exhibition is different because television is changing. It has been going through a revolution and some painful transitions the last couple of years. Many of us are wondering if we can still call it television. The networks and cable no longer define it; viewers watch it when and where they want to on any number of devices. Everything is changing and within two years, I think we will all be amazed at where we will be.”
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast will be on September 22, 2013.
Tours of the exhibition are available:
Exhibition photographs by Brandon Clark/ABImages
Guests at the gala were treated to a second opening in the Helen Larson Gallery within the FIDM Museum. Gatsby’s Women: 1920s Evening Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection features evening dress and accessories in sumptuous fabrics and trims, including glass beads, silk metallic brocades, printed gilted leathers, and embroidered and hand painted fabrics.
Evening dress in the 1920s was made for movement. They were designed with frenetic dances like “The Charleston” in mind. Weighted with beads and sequins, these dresses swung wildly to the sounds of Jazz and clinking cocktails. The flat, two-dimensional silhouette was radically new, and body-baring fashions were all the rage—sleeveless styles showed toned, suntanned arms, while raised hemlines shockingly revealed rouged knees. Enter this short-lived, liberated era that glittered brightly with Flappers and Gangsters before the onset of The Great Depression and World War II.
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see examples of 1920s evening dress by viewing Gatsby’s Women: 1920s Evening Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection by visiting both the FIDM Gallery Orange County and the FIDM Larson Gallery, Los Angeles.
The intricate extravagance of Behind the Candelabra, the polished, sophisticated looks of House of Cards and Scandal, and the theatrical and lavish costumes of Smash, have inspired an array of exciting new merchandise at the FIDM Museum Shop.
No matter the inspiration, these pieces are anything but ordinary.
HK by Heather Kahn
Simple but designed, earthy yet refined, is the design concept embraced by jewelry designer Heather Kahn. Her childhood spent on the beaches of Southern California, combined with her interest in nature and her love of the found objects she treasured, led first to studies in biology and ecology and then to creating jewelry.
Her handcrafted pieces are a fusion of science and nature, and are created to be beautiful to wear. Mixing metals and highlighting the beauty of raw stones to create an earthly but refined look her signature style. HK by Heather Kahn is made in LA.
Kao Pao Shu
Kao Pao Shu handbags and accessories exude an elegant minimalism and feminine sensibility with their simple yet beautiful shapes. The unique pieces exude modernity with an emphasis on comfort and style and a hint of the avant-garde. The design philosophy of confidence and excitement is unique to those who believe that “cool is state of mind.” Kao Pao Shu is entirely manufactured in California.
Annemieke Broenink is a Dutch designer who studied fashion design and worked in the fashion industry in Amsterdam.
In 2004 she created a collection of necklaces that combined arts, crafts and fashion and she still produces everything in her studio. Her passion is developing new applications of basic materials, which are originally designed for other purposes. Annemieke Broenink is known for the necklaces and other accessories she creates in rubber, a material she consistently takes in new directions.
Sterling Designs by Jill
For over fifteen years Jill Morrison has been designing and fabricating one-of-a-kind decorative pieces of jewelry using sterling silver, fine silver, other decorative metals and precious and semi-precious stones. She uses several techniques of metalworking including hot and cold connections, forging, fold forming, setting gemstones, casting, and patinating. Each piece is unique, one-of-a-kind, designed and made by the artist in her studio in Southern California.
Clean lines and a seeming simplicity define jewelry made by Laurette O’Neil and her husband Zygmunt. Their contemporary and versatile designs feature silver, amber, cultured pearls, lava rock and more, with many different finishes.
"I have traveled the world studying my craft and collecting skills and inspiration; The American Southwest inspired me to incorporate gems and minerals into my designs. Alaska showed me how to work with fossilized walrus and to explore and use their native arts and earthiness in my jewelry. Berlin taught me how to handle silver and 18-carat gold. Stockholm gave me a lesson in titanium and Poland introduced me to the necessity of good design."
As a former apparel designer, Trudy Adler has an innate understanding of how to make a statement with accessories. Handcrafted, hammered copper and silver create significant pieces that somehow seem simultaneously modern and ancient.
For these items and more, visit the FIDM Museum Shop for a fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, amazing treasures, and exclusive gifts. See why we have won Downtown LA’s Best Unique Store for three consecutive years.
Admission to all exhibitions:
Free to the public