Out & About: 24th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Opening!


“And now, you are needed ON SET…” These words ushered guests into the 24th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition on Saturday night, where designers, actors, FIDM staff, and alumni joined together under the famous chandelier tent to preview this year’s installation. The exhibition features 100 ensembles from 23 films of 2015; action, science fiction and fantasy mix with musicals and period dramas to showcase outstanding examples of costume design from the past year.

Heavy buzz surrounded the five Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design, all of which are on display: The Danish Girl (Paco Delgado), Cinderella (Sandy Powell), The Revenant (Jacqueline West), Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan), and Carol (Sandy Powell). Guests marveled at Kate Hawley’s beautifully morbid designs for Crimson Peak, and FIDM alumna Soyon An wowed with her punk-rock inspired pieces for Jem and the Holograms. Of course, the crowd swarmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens (costumes by Michael Kaplan) to inspect Rey, Captain Phasma, and the bloodied Stormtrooper up-close; a live-action Kylo Ren provided theatrics as he posed with party-goers, complete with his notorious crossguard light saber. Even Paco Delgado, Costume Designer for The Danish Girl, took part in the Star Wars mania – he admitted “I’m a huge Star Wars fan! I want to have a Darth Vader suit made for me.”

Today, the exhibition opens to the public (February 9 – April 30, 2016) and we can’t wait for you to see it in person. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m; please note we will be closed Friday, March 4 and open on the Monday after the Academy Awards, February 29. Group tours are available for a cost of $20 per person, or a flat fee of $200 for a party of 10 or under. Contact Curator Kevin Jones to schedule a tour: (213) 623-5821 x3367. The Museum is located at 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Photographs without flash are allowed; tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@FIDMMuseum) and use the hashtag #ArtofCostumeDesign to share your favorite pieces in the exhibition!

Photographs courtesy of Alex Berliner/ABImages

Inside tent

Inside the tent.

Sal - barbara - paco

Costume Designer's Guild President Salvador Perez (and Costume Designer for Pitch Perfect 2), Museum Director Barbara Bundy, and The Danish Girl Costume Designer Paco Delgado.

Jacqueline west

Jacqueline West, Costume Designer for The Revenant.

Kylo ren

Kylo Ren, up to no good!

Soyon an

Soyon An, FIDM Alumna and Costume Designer for Jem and the Holograms.

Jenny eagan - courtney hoffman

Jenny Eagan, Costume Designer for Beasts of No Nation, and Courtney Hoffman, Costume Designer for The Hateful Eight

Tent opening

The elegant entrance.

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