Every year I look forward to the annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit on display at the FIDM Museum and Galleries. Costumes from the movies of 2015 are on display until the end of April, so if you live in Los Angeles and you like movie costumes be sure to check it out.
2015 was a great year for film costumes. There were historical flights of fantasy, fairy tales and futuristic fables. Each movie included dozens of fabulous, one-of-a-kind, costumes to clothe the main characters. Here are a few of my favorite ensembles from the exhibit.
Cinderella’s massive blue ball gown, her prince, wicked stepmother and ugly step sisters were the main event. They occupied the main platform right at the entrance to the exhibit space. The costumes inspired several dolls, including, of course, Cinderella’s blue gown, but her Wicked Stepmother was also recreated in miniature. It was fun seeing them in real life on mannequins.
Mad Max won the Academy Award for best costume design, and I was really looking forward to seeing some of the costumes. Unfortunately, there were only three outfits on display and they were at the very end of the exhibit in a corner. It was still cool to see Furiosa’s mechanical hand.
I can’t say much for the story, but the Victorian horror film Crimson Peak was a visual feast. The costumes did not disappoint.
As far as I’m concerned Rey was the best thing about Star Wars, The Force Awakens. I love seeing all these strong women in Sci Fi films! Tough yet feminine, her pleated linen and leather costume really helped to define her character. It is just as cool in person as it was on screen.
Gem and the Holograms
I didn’t see the movie Jem and the Holograms. From the reviews I’ve seen on-line I don’t think I missed much, but gosh the costumes are pretty cool! As a doll designer perhaps I should have taken more notice of Jem and her movie. From 1986 to 1987 Hasbro produced a whole line of Jem fashion dolls, all with a fun punk rock aesthetic. More recently Integrity Toys offered a line of high-end collector Jem and the Hologram dolls. The costumes from the movie definitely looked like they were inspired by doll fashion.
I didn’t see the movie but I love Lady Macbeth’s necklace.
The Hateful 8
FIDM Museum & Galleries’ popular annual exhibition shines the spotlight on costumes that help bring memorable film characters to life. This year’s exhibition will feature more than 100 costumes representing 24 of 2015’s most notable films in a variety of genres. Visitors have the opportunity to see the exquisite designs and craftsmanship produced by Hollywood’s top costume designers.
If you like seeing these photos you might also want to see this video which will give you an even better view of the exhibit.