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FIDM MUSEUM.....Opening Night 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition: RECAP!

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 FIDM Museum Fab: Nick Verreos at the Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum Los Angeles

This past Saturday was the Opening Night Party for the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition at FIDM Museum. Every year--for the past 26 years--FIDM Museum and my Alma Mater and the college of which I am the Official Spokesperson for, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Downtown Los Angeles, has presented this FABULOUS exhibition celebrating costume design and costumes of many of the past year's movies.

Gown Sketch Entrance: Entrance of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition. Sketch by FIDM Instructor and Artist, Nancy Riegelman--FIDM Museum, Los Angeles

This year, the exhibition includes over 125 costumes from 25+ films, including the five Best Costume Design Academy Award nominees! Which includes "Beauty and The Beast", "Darkest Hour", "Phantom Thread", "The Shape of Water" and "Victoria and Abdul". Here is my BLOG RECAP of the night.

Fashion Designers, Costume Designers and...Sequined Skating Costumes!--Opening Night of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum Los Angeles
Lower left photo courtesy of FIDM and Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages; Right photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

First, I will start with the FIVE Academy Award nominated costumes on display plus some of the others at the exhibition. As an EXTRA "Nick Blog" Bonus, I'll include some "Inside Dish" I found out through my many, many hours of research on some of the costumes displayed!! Following that, some "Party Photos" of the illustrious guests at the Opening Night:

2018 Academy Award nominated for Best Costume Design "Beauty and The Beast" costumes by Jacqueline Durran
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

**INSIDE DISH: Actress Emma Watson did not want her "Belle" to be so corseted so the costume designer, Jacqueline Durran "relaxed" her styles for the movie. Also: Even though the Beast was done through CGI, Durran still had to create an actual costume!

 2018 Academy Award nominated for Best Costume Design "Darkest Hour" costumes by Jacqueline Durran
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages


**INSIDE DISH: The costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, researched the actual London Savile Row tailors who made suits for Winston Churchill, Henry Poole & Co. One of their tailors flew to L.A. to measure actor Gary Oldman (with his "fat suit" on) and then created suits for the film. 

  2018 Academy Award nominated for Best Costume Design "Phantom Thread" costumes by Mark Bridges
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages


**INSIDE DISH: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis wanted to "get into his character's mind" so much that he did an apprenticeship with the N.Y.C. Ballet and helped construct "Firebird" costumes. He also made a 1950's Balenciaga gown for his wife. Costume designer Mark Bridges found this incredible 17th Century Flemish lace...and cut into it, to use for one of the film's gowns (seen above).

2018 Academy Award nominated for Best Costume Design "The Shape of Water" costumes by Luis Sequeira
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

**INSIDE DISH: Toronto-based Costume designer Luis Sequeira did a lot of research for the film--based in early 1960's Baltimore about a budding relationship between a South American "fish-man" and a mute janitor. Even though Sally Hawkins' character "Elisa" did not spend much money on her clothes (they were more 50's than 60's because she shopped at thrift stores), she did have a shoe fetish. The red shoes above are "inspired" by a pair of Ferragamos.

 "Victoria and Abdul" costumes by Consolota Boyle--2018 Academy Award nominated for Best Costume Design
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages


**INSIDE DISH: The actual Queen Victoria was under 5 feet tall and had a waist measuring about 60"-62"! She was tiny but wide. She was also a hoarder and kept many of her gowns. Because Queen Victoria wore several gowns/outfits during the day and they were all kept away from daylight--and in addition, they were cared for very well by her "ladies in waiting", her gowns are still, to this day, in very good shape. 

Here are some of the other costumes on display--they may not have been nominated for the Best Costume Design but it's WONDERFUL to have them at the Exhibition, of course:
 Figure Skating Sparkle--"I. Tonya" costumes by Jennifer Johnson--26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Top photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

**INSIDE DISH: Costume designer Jennifer Johnson got a lot of her research by acquiring photo clippings from eBay of Tonya Harding. She discovered that her and her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly began to dress alike. In regards to her famous costumes above, the costume designer never met with Tonya or saw the actual costumes prior to re-creating them. Harding was so impressed that after finally meeting the costume designer at the movie's premiere, she told her "How did you get my costumes!!??"

  "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" costumes by Michael Kaplan--26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Top photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages


**INSIDE DISH: Costume designer Michael Kaplan--who designed the previous "Star Wars" as well as the upcoming one--said he had inspiration boards for the red "Elite Praetorian Guards". Guess what was on those boards? 1970's muscle cars! Yep! So, next time you think of 70's red Corvettes, think "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". 

"The Greatest Showman" costumes by Ellen Mirojnick--26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Top photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

**INSIDE DISH: Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick said that the director told her to be less "Period-correct" and more "Vogue Fashion Editorial". She commissioned Swarovski to provide 60,000 crystals for costumes in the film--14,000 of which were supposedly used on actress Zendaya's purple leotard costume (above).

 "Lady Bird" costumes by April Napier--26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

**INSIDE DISH: "Lady Bird" was set in 2002 Sacramento, the actual styles used in the film reflected a more 1990's feel. Why? Because--as it was said in the film "Sacramento was the Midwest of California"...not particularly the capital of style. According to April Napier, the costume designer, the prom dress above came from Universal Studios Costume House and the dress on the left...it was the costume designer's favorite. That one came from Palace Costume House.

"Wonder Woman" costumes by Lindy Hemming--26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages


**INSIDE DISH: Costume designer Lindy Hemming was the costume designer for many James Bond/007 movies, including "Casino Royale". For "Wonder Woman", she looked at ancient Greece for inspiration as well as societies in which women were the powerful rulers. For "Wonder Woman"'s costume, Hemming lined the costume with faux fur to keep the actress Gal Gadot warm during cold outdoor filming.

Opening Party Pics:
 Nick Verreos with Academy Award nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira of "The Shape of Water"--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

  Academy Award winning costume designer--and nominated this year for "Phantom Thread", costume designer Mark Bridges--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

 (L to R) Arianne Phillips, costume designer for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer for "The Greatest Showman"--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
 Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

  (L to R): Barbara Bundy, FIDM Museum Director and Nick Verreos--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

 NIKOLAKI Boys-- (L to R): David Paul and Nick Verreos--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

Suited Designers--(L to R) Costume Designer (and FIDM Alumna) Mona May and Nick Verreos--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

Fashion Illustrating Fab--(L to R) Fashion Illustrator/Artist/Instructor Nancy Riegelman and Nick Verreos--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum

         The Greatest ShowWOMAN--(L to R)"The Greatest Showman" Costume Designer Ellen              Mirojnick and Nick Verreos--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture                                                  Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
                                   Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages


  Oscar Winning Colleen--(L to R) Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood and Nick Verreos--Opening Night Party of the 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

 Golden Statue--Academy Award for Best Costume Design 2017 for Colleen Atwood and "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them"--26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of FIDM and Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Here is all the information on the FABULOUS new exhibition:
*WHAT: 26th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

*WHEN: February 6-April 7, 2018; Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm/Closed Sundays, Mondays, Holidays

*WHERE: FIDM Museum, 949 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90015, Ground Floor, Entrance facing Grand-Hope Park

*FREE: Open to the public. 

*For More Information: Contact Shirley Wilson at SWilson@fidm.com or for special tours, call 213-623-5821 ext 337

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