Opening Night: Hollywood Costume Exhibition

What would a film be without costume design?

This question greets FIDM Museum visitors as they enter the gallery for our 26th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. As the stunning array of costumes on display prove, a movie would be nothing without these talented visual story-tellers! On Saturday, February 3, the Costume Design community came together to salute the work of 2017 film designers represented in the gallery, including all five Academy Award-nominees for Best Costume Design:

Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water
Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul
Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour
Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast

In addition to the 100 costumes on display from 25 films, the exhibition now boasts an exciting new digital feature: we asked our featured Costume Designers to share sketches, mood boards, reference images, fabric swatches, fitting photos, and other supporting materials to demonstrate the process of building a costume from sketch to set. These materials are available to view on an interactive tablet in the exhibition. Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on specific films – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Phantom Thread, Jumanji, and Dunkirk – will also enlighten our visitors as they explore the gallery.

Art of Motion Picture Costume Design is open now until April 7. Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, and as always, admission is free. We encourage you to take non-flash, personal use photos; feel free to share on social media, tagging @fidmmuseum and using the hashtag #ArtofCostumeDesign!

Stay tuned for another post delving into our newest History Gallery exhibition, Acquiring Beauty: FIDM Museum Fashion Council, Est. 2011, also now open! Scoll through to catch a glimpse of our elegant opening night festivities. All photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages.

 J020218A-0851BAn elegant sketch by FIDM instructor and world-renowned artist Nancy Riegelman greets our visitors in the gallery entrance; two additional Riegelman sketches can be seen in the exhibition

J020318A-0193Barbara Bundy, FIDM Museum Director, Mark Bridges, Academy Award-nominated Costume Designer for Phantom Thread, and Catherine Adair, Vice President of the Costume Designers Guild

J020218A-0076AStar Wars: The Last Jedi; Costume Designer Michael Kaplan

J020318A-0482Mayes C. Rubeo, Costume Designer for Thor: Ragnarok

J020318A-0807Ellen Mirojnick, Costume Designer for The Greatest Showman, Costume Designer Julie Weiss, and Stacey Battat, Costume Designer for The Beguiled

J020218A-0209AThe Greatest Showman; Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick

J020218A-0356AColleen Atwood’s 2017 Best Costume Design Oscar statue, received for her work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J020318A-0871Colleen Atwood, Academy Award Winning Costume Designer and Tonian Hohberg, President of FIDM

J020218A-0534Academy Award-nominated Victoria & Abdul; Costume Designer Consolata Boyle

J020318A-0427Laura Jean Shannon, Costume Designer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Luis Sequeira, Academy Award-nominated Costume Designer for The Shape of Water

J020218A-0961AAcademy Award-nominated Beauty and the Beast, Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran

J020318A-1158Mandi Line, Costume Designer and FIDM Alumna

J020318A-1120Mona May, Costume Designer and FIDM Alumna and Nick Verreos, FIDM Alumnus

J020318A-0778Fashion Stylist Joe Zee

J020318A-1039TJ Walker, Cross Colours Co-Founder and Angela Dean, Fashion Designer and FIDM Alumna

J020318A-1234Vintage Dealer and FIDM Museum Volunteer Kevin Fernando

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