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FIDM MUSEUM.....Art of Costume Design in Film Exhibition: The COSTUMES, Opening Night...RUNS UNTIL JUNE 4th!

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FIDM MUSEUM.....Art of Costume Design in Film Exhibition: The COSTUMES, Opening Night...RUNS UNTIL JUNE 4th!

Presenting Costumes!--Nick Verreos, at the Opening Night Party for the "Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

Back in March, the highly anticipated "Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition returned to the FIDM Museum! The Exhibition, which for over 30 years (!) has showcased motion picture costume design (traditionally to coincide with the Academy Awards) took a hiatus due to COVID last year, but this year, it was BACK! This year's exhibition features the FIVE Academy Award Nominees for Best Costume Design from the films "Cruella", "Cyrano", "Dune", "Nightmare Alley", and "Westside Story", as well as costumes from 17 other films...in total 70+ costumes on display, and runs until June 4th...

Haute Costumes--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Here are photos from the fabulous exhibition, starting with the five Academy Award Best Costume Design Nominees, including the winning costumes from "Cruella" by Costume Designer Jenny Beavan:

"Cruella", Costume Designer Jenny Beavan--The costume designer won her third Academy Award for her 1970's London Punk-inspired costumes--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

The "Fire" Dress from "Cruella", Costume Designer Jenny Beavan--This gorgeous gown was inspired by the 1955 "Tree Ball Gown"(named after client Mariette Peabody Tree) by American couturier Charles James (left photo)-- "Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Westside Story", Costume Designer Paul Tazewell--The yellow dress worn by actress Ariana DeBose (far left) was colored lilac in the original 1961 film. Tazewell decided to make it sun-like yellow for the remake to signify that her character "Anita" was the "Center of the Neighborhood" with everything and everybody gravitating towards her, like the sun--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

"Nightmare Alley", Costume Designer Luis Sequeira--The seedy Carnival world and elegant early 1940s NY city world are showcased through Sequeira's costumes. Cate Blanchett's looks were inspired by 1930s Sketchbooks that the costume designer had--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

"Dune", Costume Designers Jacqueline West, Robert Morgan--The costumes from "Dune" were some of my FAVORITE from this past year's films. According to Jacqueline West, there are many inspirations for the film's costumes including the Medieval Times, The Templars, "Lawrence of Arabia", as well as paintings by Velasquez, Giotto, and even Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga--"Art of Costume in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

From "Dune"--(L to R) Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother costume worn by Charlotte Rampling, and Stillsuit worn by Timothee Chalamet--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

From "Dune"--(L to R) Costumes of Lady Jessica and the Space Guild--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Cyrano", Costume Designers Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran--Durran designed the costumed for the leading actress (left), while Cantini Parrini did the rest of the film's costumes. According to designer Massimo Cantini Parrini, the costumes were color divided depending on their classes; the nobles were in jewel tones such as emeralds, golds, and bronzes, and burgundy...while the bourgeoisie and peasant classes were in earth tones--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

Besides the Academy Award-nominated costumes on display, as I mentioned, there are 17 other films and their respective costumes included in this exhibition--Here are some:
"House of Gucci", Costume Designer Janty Yates--(L to R) Lady Gaga's "Patrizia Reggiani" and Adam Driver's "Maurizio Gucci"--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Tragedy of Macbeth", Costume Designer Mary Zophres--Zophres said that Lady Macbeth's (center front) structured silhouettes were inspired by chess pieces, and of note, the gorgeous black-and-gold star fabric on Macbeth's cape (left, back) came from the Italian fashion house of Valentino--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"The French Dispatch", Costume Designer Milena Canonaro--Tilda Swinton's marigold-colored caftan in the back is a favorite of mine!--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"The Eyes of Tammy Faye", Costume Designers Mitchell Travers--The red dress above was from the scene featuring the infamous Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker "Nightline" interview from 1987--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Respect", Costume Designer Clint Ramos--The blush-colored-and-pearl studded one on the right was the iconic "Amsterdam Concert" Dress, even though the original one worn by Aretha Franklin was gold (and bought off-the-rack from Saks)--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Eternals", Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Suicide Squad", Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Last Night in Soho", Costume Designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Coming 2 America", Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"Spencer", Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran (with some images I found of the possible inspirations and designs Princess Diana actually wore)--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

"No Time To Die", Costume Designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb--The iconic James Bond tuxedo, above...this one is custom-made for daniel Craig and from Tom Ford, of course--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

Opening Night Party:
Nick Verreos, Co-Chair of FIDM Fashion Design--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum

FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chairs Nick Verreos and David Paul--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Nick Verreos and David Paul with Academy Award-nominated Costume Designer Paul Tazewell ("Westside Story")--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

David Paul and Nick Verreos with Academy Award-nominated Costume Designer Jacqueline West ("Dune")--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

David Paul and Nick Verreos with Academy Award-winning Costume Designer Mark Bridges (with his costumes from "Licorice Pizza" behind him)--"Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition, FIDM Museum
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

INFORMATION:

*WHAT: "Art of Costume Design in Film" Exhibition showcasing motion picture costume design

*WHERE: FIDM Museum
                    919 So. Grand Avenue Los Angeles 90015
                    On the FIDM Campus, ground floor, entrance on the Grand Hope Park side

*OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM

*ADMISSION: Free

*EXHIBIT ENDS: June 4th

*FOR MORE INFO: 213-623-5821, info@fidmmuseum.org or click HERE
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PROJECT RUNWAY.....Season 19 Project Runway - THE FINALE: Behind The Scenes Photo Recap!

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PROJECT RUNWAY.....Season 19 Project Runway - THE FINALE: Behind The Scenes Photo Recap!

 Season 19 Reunion--Nick Verreos and David Paul pose with designers from Season 19 "Project Runway"--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

It's FINALE TIME!!! After 13 episodes...16 designers...and months of filming...months of designing...it's time for the FINALE of Season 19 of Bravo's "Project Runway"! In the previous episode, the final four designers - all women (for the first time in "Project Runway" history!) - got to go home for several months to work on their final collections consisting of ten looks, that they would then show at New York Fashion Week

Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

As Consulting Producers for the show, David and I were delighted to return for the Finale, which was going to be filmed at The Shed, an Arts & Culture space (which has also been a fashion show location for previous New York Fashion Weeks) located on Hudson Yards. 

Checking out The Shed at Hudson Yards, NYC

Before beginning our production duties, David and I had the chance to take advantage of an afternoon and a couple of nights we had free (A MIRACLE in TV production!) so we decided to make it a "Tourist'y" Afternoon going...and Broadway Show Nights:

Rockefeller Center--Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink

Broadway boys--David and I went to see 2 shows, including "Caroline or Change", which was at the former Disco Haven, Studio 54...and "Company", starring the ICON, Patti Lupone...as you can see from our smiles, we were VERY EXCITED!

But, enough of the "Nights Off"...time to get to work: Back to Consulting Producing Duties...
Unboxing--Nick Verreos goes DEEP...into designer Chasity Sereal's box, to see what's inside (lots of colorful chiffon fabrics, in ziplock bags!).

One of my (many) duties as Consulting Producer, was to do "Box Checks" and check out everything the four finalists brought from home, and make sure they did not include anything they weren't supposed to...or at least, had not been approved.

The Finale Workroom:
Before (top photo)...and After (lower photo)--The "Project Runway" Workroom, at The Shed, days before we began filming and when it was ready--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

The "Project Runway" Finale Episode Accessory Wall--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

First Day in the Workroom:
The Top 4 Finalists: (L to R) Coral Castillo, Shantall Lacayo, Kristina Kharlashkina, and Chasity Sereal, during a "prep-talk" before they got to work--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Collections in the Workroom--This is always a BIG MOMENT during the Finale, when the finalists "reveal" the designs/collections they have been working on for the last few months--In the photos above (Clockwise from the top) are the designs from Shantall Lacayo, Kristina Kharlashkina, Coral Castillo, and Chasity Sereal--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Model Casting--Model "All-Stars" from this Season 19--(L to R) Sarah Victoria, Jessica, Dariana, Roberta, Rachel, Yuen, Luz, Grace, DD--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Finale Day!
All Smiles--Nick Verreos with Season 19 Finalists (L to R) Shantall Lacayo, Chasity Sereal, Coral Castillo, and Kristina Kharlashkina--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Top Four--(L to R) Shantall Lacayo, Coral Castillo, Chasity Sereal, and Kristina Kharlashkina--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Tired but Happy--Nick Verreos and David Paul, getting ready for the Season 19 "Project Runway" NYFW Finale Show--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

In Deep Concentration--David Paul and Nick Verreos watching the LIVE feeds from the Season 19 Finale filming--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Model Hair-and-Makeup Pre-Show--Models for designer Coral Castillo with their hair designs...and Finale "crown" headdress (right)--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Backstage Muses--Models backstage in designs from (L to R) Chasity Sereal, Kristina Kharlashkina, and Shantall Lacayo--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

A Finale Show Selfie--David Paul and Nick Verreos--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Nick Verreos and David Paul--At the Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Special Guest Part 1--David and I were BEYOND EXCITED when we invited Andrea Paul Salerno--David's half-sister--who lives in NYC---to attend the Finale Show...and she said "YES!"--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Special Guest Part 2--We also invited our friend, Buxton Midyette, SUPIMA VP of Marketing & Promotions, and as always was perfectly dressed in Thom Browne--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

The Front Rows--Special guest attendees of the Finale Show included past contestants/designers from this Season 19 as well as past seasons, and even a Winner (Geoffrey Mac, of Season 18)...they all came FABULOUSLY dressed, of course!--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Post-Show Interviews--(Clockwise from top left) Season 19 Designer Octavio Aguilar, Supermodel Coco Rocha, and Season 18 Designers Tyler Neasloney and Alan Gonzalez--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Behind The Scenes of the Judging Deliberations...
Top Photo: The Final Four designers (left), emotional after seeing their friends and family members, as well as their Season 19 fellow designers
Lower Photo: Mentor Christian Siriano talks with Judges Tommy Hilfiger, Nina Garcia, and Brandon Maxwell, as family and friends of the Final Four look on
--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Moment of Truth...and right before the Winner is announced--(L to R) Kristina Kharlashkina, Shantall Lacayo, Chasity Sereal, and Coral Castillo--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

And the Winner is...
SHANTALL LACAYO!!!! Nick Verreos and David Paul share a selfie with Season 19 Winner Shantall Lacayo, right after her win--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

Tommy and Shantall--Season 19 Winning Designer Shantall Lacayo and Special Guest Judge Tommy Hilfiger--Finale of Season 19 Bravo's Project Runway, NYFW at The Shed

And...That's a Wrap! On another fabulous season of "Project Runway"! Let's hope for a Season 20!

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