La La Land at FIDM Museum

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared April 25 “La La Land Day,” and we were happy to be part of the city’s official celebrations! Our Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition was extended one more day to welcome visitors, and we raffled off a DVD in addition to serving movie-themed concessions and picture-perfect La La Land cookies. FIDM Students participated in a design competition inspired by the film, and Costume Designer Mary Zophres selected the winning illustration by Olivia Mancivalano.


La La Land-themed cookies, courtesy of Lionsgate!


The finalists of the student fashion design sketch competition


Winner Olivia Mancivalano with her sketch!


A closer look at Olivia’s sketch, selected by Mary Zophres as the winning design

Today’s festivities came on top of last week’s panel discussion with the film’s Costume Designer Mary Zophres and Choreographer Mandy Moore, moderated by Scott Mantz. It was fascinating to hear how closely all the departments worked on this film, including wardrobe and choreography. For example, Mandy recommended a specialized tailor from her work on Dancing with the Stars who helped transform Ryan Gosling’s jackets into dance-friendly costumes. Mary and Mandy also shared behind-the-scenes stories (like how Mandy directed her dancers in the “Traffic” sequence from underneath a car!) and explained the inspiration behind the film’s most iconic looks – including Mia’s yellow dress with hand-painted flowers. It was clear that both women had a magical and one-of-a-kind experience working on this film, and we are so grateful to them for sharing their stories with our visitors! Many thanks to Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz for leading the discussion.


La La Land Choreographer Mandy Moore, Costume Designer Mary Zophres, and Moderator Scott Mantz


Scott Mantz and Mandy Moore


Mary Zophres at the panel discussion


Scott Mantz and Mary Zophres


Many Moore at the panel discussion


Costumes from La La Land at the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition


Costumes from La La Land at the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition

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